Report: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

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Two set-pieces were Arsenal’s undoing today as Wenger’s men succumbed to their first defeat of the season at home to Chelsea.

The Gunners were slow to show up in Saturday’s early encounter and Chelsea capitalized. The blue’s pressure forced a free-kick midway through the first-half and when the ball was delivered into the box, Fernando Torres beat his marker Laurent Koscielny – kept in the line-up ahead of Mertesacker as Vermealen returned – to toe-poke the ball home.

Arsenal were up for the fight again now and Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had replaced an injured Diaby right before the hosts went behind, teed up Gervinho who turned and blasted the ball into the net to level matters going into half-time.

That equalizer had promised an Arsenal comeback and indeed, the early moments of the second-half belonged to the north Londoners. But a moment of irresponsibility saw Vermaelen desperately give away a free-kick from which Mata scored.

Arsenal went back in search of a goal again but in truth, apart from a couple of incredible saves which Cech had to make from a Podolski header and Giroud’s deflected effort, the Gunners failed to trouble the visitors. A minute into stoppage time though, Arsenal found a golden chance to equalize as Cazorla set up Giroud. But the French-man, like he did against Sunderland, fluffed his line right infront of goal.

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6 thoughts on “Report: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

  1. It’s the same old Arsenal. They still overpass. As a result defenders can mass in numbers to stifle the gunners. T You don’t have to be a nuclear scientist it’s very easy to foil the gunners. I don’t know why they they could not play like in the Liverpool game.
    On this show I will be very surprised the gunners can fight for the epl.t

  2. Chelsea are the top side-because Abromovich tries to buy the league each year. It is important that this corrupt scumbag does not succeed.

  3. This has been the worst game at home this season,we lost diaby and never recover from that,the back 4 was out of depth against this ordinary chelsea who never look like scoring.kosch had a poor game by his own standars.ox did well,but has to read his play beter,our supps never got going,well giroud
    miss a big chance again,he cant shoot straight when off balance,needs to adjust his technique,i cannot give praises when the guys know that they under performed today,lets see what will happen next week in the ucl .

  4. We really played badly today. The lose of diaby early in the first half really affected our game plan. Lets hope for another encouraging performance. Lets keep the faith, it is not over.

  5. Wenger blames defending at set pieces. But this has been a perennial problem the last ten years.I am no soccer expert. Bu t to beat Arsenal is easy. Flood the mid field. let the gunners pass all day and when a pass is intercepted /misplaced,its the cue for attack as torrres almost scored a second goal.
    Until and unless Wenger makes the gunners less predictable,the gunners won’t be able to fight for the epl.I know these are early days but unless the gunners string a winning run of at least four six games,it will still be a team in the works.

  6. The whining, Wenger bashing predictors of doom are out in full force after our first defeat. It is way too early to tell wrhat we’ll do in our next few games but this team fills me with much more confidence than previous versions so give them time…after 7 games and only 1 loss, they deserve our support and patience. One thing for sure, we need a reliable keeper, Mannone is not yet ready, IF he’ll ever be and Walcott is definitely NOT worth 100K/week!!

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