The Gunners have struggled so far losing their Premier League opener to a dominant Manchester City side lead by Pep Guardiola. But coming to Stamford Bridge, both fans and critics believed that Arsenal had a sliver of hope, with Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri also playing only his second Premier League game for the Blues.
However, by the end of the game, it was Arsenal fans that had their head between their hands as the Gunners ended up on the wrong side of a 3-2 scoreline. An early goal from Pedro put Chelsea in the lead but Arsenal squandered three golden chances, two of which were guaranteed goals on another day and they paid the price. The Gunners did manage to equalize but only after Alvaro Morata opened his account for the season.
However, with the teams going into the half-time break level, Arsenal had a host of opportunities in the second, it was Chelsea who took the lead through Marcos Alonso. The Spaniard was back to his best and played a major part in all three goals for Chelsea. However, former Liverpool and Tottenham star Jaime Redknapp has revealed just how much of a difference there was between the two London rivials.
In an interview with the Mirror, the 45-year-old went on to say “Arsenal may have shown fight to battle back against Chelsea but their 3-2 loss only papers over the cracks. Looking at the Arsenal team, not one of their players would get in Maurizio Sarri’s best XI. At the heart of the defense, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis don’t look a partnership.
At fullback, Cesar Azpilicueta is both more solid defensively and more creative in attack than Hector Bellerin while Marcos Alonso has been impressive since his debut in 2016. Kepa could have done better with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first goal but I would rather have a young goalkeeper who is confident playing out from the back than Petr Cech, who is struggling.”
Arsenal clearly has a lot of work that needs to be done to their tactical and positioning sense, but the Gunners have come ways from the Manchester City game where they looked confused and disoriented at times. However, given that the worst is over for now, maybe Unai Emery can bring his team together and aim for their first points under new management.