Premier League 2018-19: 4 Reasons why Arsenal won against Chelsea
- Is this win the start of a new life at Arsenal, after failing to make an impact in the last couple of games?
It was indeed a cracker of a game at the Emirates last night, which ended with Arsenal running away with the three important points against Chelsea. Unai Emery and fellow Gooners were immensely happy to see their players give in their hundred percent to secure the win because they have been really lacking the required dedication and motivation in the past few weeks.
Chelsea was considered the straight favorites to win the game, but Emery's pinpoint tactics and his pre-match dressing room talks have once done the job for Arsenal, not to take away anything from the players and the coaching staff.
Arsenal prepared extremely well for the game; both mentally and tactically. A loss to Arsenal would have taken them three points below Manchester United, who won against Brighton earlier in the day, and 7 points below 7th place. But a win has once again opened up the fight for the top 4.
The game had several noteworthy points, and I am planning to discuss some of them. Here are the 4 reasons why Arsenal could defeat their arch-rivals Chelsea at the Emirates.
#4 High pressing by Arsenal
One of the major reasons why Arsenal could choke Liverpool to the utmost level last night was due to their high pressing. Unai Emery's tactics are pretty different from that of Wenger. Wenger preferred free-flowing football, with not many defensive duties for his attackers. But that is not the case with Unai Emery.
Alexandre Lacazette and Aubameyang provided their side with incredible defensive support, as Aubameyang even made 2 vital sliding tackles inside the box to dispossess Hazard. Relentless work rate, running all over the pitch, and winning the ball cleanly every time. Emery fielded a three man midfield, with Guendouzi, Xhaka and Torreira, and what a great decision that was.
The 19-year-old Guendouzi plays much better than most of the midfielders in the PL, and he is only getting better with time. A gem of a signing, indeed. Torreira and Xhaka once again showed how lethal they are when deployed together, and their pressing was on point.
Chelsea clearly succumbed to Arsenal's pressing and they were left helpless.