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Premier League 2018/19, Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea: Two things we noticed from an Arsenal perspective

James Alonge
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 21:07 IST

Granit Xhaka (l) and Aaron Ramsey (r) celebrates Alexandre Lacazette
Granit Xhaka (l) and Aaron Ramsey (r) celebrates Alexandre Lacazette

It was indeed a vintage performance from Arsenal as they beat their London rivals Chelsea by two goals in a clash which saw the two most successful clubs in London go head to head.

Alexandre Lacazette put The Gunners ahead with a smart turn in the 18-yard box and a fantastic finish to beat Kepa Arizabalaga in the Chelsea goal before fit-again captain Laurent Koscielny improvised a cross from fellow centre-back Sokratis with his shoulder to direct the ball on target to give the Gunners a two-goal advantage and from then on, they never looked back.

Let's take a look at two things that were very impressive about the Gunners' win over The Blues.

#1 Arsenal were very organized defensively

Arsenal FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League
Arsenal FC v Chelsea FC - Premier League

This was probably the most impressive part of the Gunners' play for large parts of the game. They defended resolutely. The centre back pairing of Sokratis and Laurent Koscielny were at their very best to keep the likes of Hazard, Willian and Pedro at bay for most parts of the game. Koscielny's statistics for the game is another reason why the Gunners shut out a talented Chelsea side.

The ex-France international was impressive throughout the game, making 13 clearances (seven more than any other player on the pitch), making three interceptions, and finishing with a 100 percent tackle success rate. 

To cap it all, he scored a beautiful improvised goal with his shoulder and was deservedly awarded the man of the match for his display.

Sokratis also commanded his area very well putting in some very good tackles to deny the runs of Marcos Alonso. Even the likes of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang helped and put in some tackles when he was needed. In summary, it was a very organized defensive display from Arsenal.

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Published 21 Jan 2019, 21:04 IST
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