Arsenal comfortably beat Chelsea 3-0 in a crucial Premier League fixture. Chelsea looked timid and too passive, while Arsenal were aggressive and went for the jugular straight from the off. Chelsea’s defence struggled to mark and contain Arsenal’s attack, while Mustafi and Koscielny were superb.
There were stand out performers all over the pitch, but Iwobi, Sanchez, Mustafi and Koscielny were arguably the best of the lot – Xhaka also impressed when he came on for Coquelin.
Let’s have a look at some of the things we learned from the game.
Iwobi has developed massively:
The Nigerian international was very sharp for the Gunners today. He constantly drifted into dangerous positions in between the lines and made himself very hard to make. That is arguably the most impressive thing about his performance; the intelligence to position himself. Not only did drop into great areas but he was also excellent with the ball. He passed forward and took on players.
Arsene Wenger will be delighted with the development of Iwobi. Iwobi is now an integral player for the team and rightly picked up the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
Mustafi and Koscielny are developing a great partnership:
Mustafi and Koscielny were superb today. Both jostled and hassled Costa whenever he got the ball. Both defender’s like to push onto the front and pressure the attacker, and this worked perfectly with Costa who was constantly pushed out of the box. Costa struggled to have any effect on the game and it was largely down to these two. Cech will thank them both for such a quiet night.
It’s impressive that in such a short space of time, that both players are so comfortable playing with each other. After Iwobi, either of these two could’ve picked up the ‘Man of the Match’ award.
Coquelin’s injury could be a big loss
Francis Coquelin was arguably having one his best games in a long time but after a clash with Kante, he limped off with an apparent knee injury. Coquelin is the only real player that provides any steal in the midfield for Arsenal and was dominating Kante in the early stages of the game. Xhaka is a physical presence, but his game is more based around his ability to pass forward. Coquelin is essential in big games for his defensive ability, let’s hope his injury isn’t too serious.
Sanchez adapting to the striker role
Alexis Sanchez has attracted a lot of criticism from fans for his performances as Arsenal’s lone striker but he has now scored five goals in six games for the club.
He doesn’t provide the physical presence up front like Giroud does but he does give Arsenal a much more mobile option. Against Chelsea, he hassled Luiz and Cahill all day long and rightly picked up a goal and an assist. His vision for a pass is sometimes poor and he can also be slightly selfish, but overall he had a great game. Maybe Sanchez can be Arsenal’s long-term striker.
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