Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Talking Points and Observations | Premier League 2018-19
Arsenal played host to Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in an all-important Premier League fixture on Saturday. The mood around the Emirates hasn't been in the recent weeks as Arsenal struggled to produce results on the pitch.
Chelsea hasn't exactly been in Candyland either, having scored just 13 goals in their last 11 league games. Chelsea scored 27 times in the first 11 games but the goals have seriously dried up for the Stamford Bridge outfit as both striker Giroud and Morata have proven extremely unreliable over a sustained period.
Chelsea had the lion's share of possession in the first half and had six shots. None of them troubled Bernd Leno in the slightest. Arsenal, on the other hand, had 10 shots on goal, with 5 of them hitting the target, two of them going past the Kepa Arrizabalaga. Lacazette finished off a beautiful Bellerin pass with an exquisite finish from a tight angle at the 14th minute and Koscielny shouldered the ball in from Sokratis' lob into the box around the 40th minute.
Chelsea tried to score but were lacking in every department against the home side, who just wanted the win more than the visitors. Here are the key talking points from the game.
#1 Hector Bellerin blow for Arsenal
The Spaniard was stretchered off the turf at the 72nd-minute mark as he injured himself trying to stretch for the ball and went down yelping in pain. The medical staff tried to treat him for a minute before calling the stretcher.
Hector Bellerin made his first start for five weeks after picking up a calf injury against Southampton. Seeing the way he left the pitch, Bellerin is set for a long spell on the sidelines.
Speaking after the game, Arsenal boss Unai Emery gave an assessment of the injury sustained by his fullback. "It is his knee and the first prediction is it is an important [bad] injury," Emery said.