Chelsea had a great chance to grab all the three points against out-of-form Arsenal at the Emirates. However, as the match progressed, Arsenal dictated the tempo right from the word go. Arsenal’s passage of play saw Chelsea lose confidence in all aspects of the game.
The Blues downed tools and failed to make an impression in the opposition’s half. The Gunners started the game full of hope and optimism. In the end, they tasted a fruitful result after a string of debacles in their ongoing campaign.
Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty in the 35th minute to take the opening lead. Granit Xhaka scored a screamer as his powerful shot beat Chelsea’s goalkeeper in the 44th minute. After the hosts scored 2 goals, they attained desirable levels of confidence to seal the fixture.
Arteta’s boys continued the second half with the same momentum. Their collective rhythm saw them create good chances and in the process, Bukayo Saka scored a goal in the 56th minute.
The Gunners had few more chances and could have scored 4 or 5 goals. Mohammed Elneny hit the woodwork as the chance was there for the taking. However, Chelsea was quite lucky not to concede more goals. The Blues scored a consolation goal in the 85th minute.
Tammy Abraham who scored a brace against West Ham United managed to net one goal against Arsenal. Meanwhile, Arsenal registered their third victory over Chelsea in their last 18 Premier League meetings.
Chelsea boss unhappy with Werner’s show
Chelsea striker Timo Werner hasn’t been up to the mark this season. Since he failed to meet the expectations, he has been on the receiving end of trolls on social media. The young player scored only 4 goals in 15 PL appearances this season.
The former RP Leipzig man was far from being impressive against Arsenal. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was particularly not impressed with Werner’s recent form. He sent a message to the 24-year-old German international in the wake of a flop show against the rivals.
Lampard added that he will have a talk with his player in the meeting. The discussion will be whether or not Werner would take a short break after he failed to live up to his reputation in the 3-1 loss against Arsenal. After a terrible display on the field, Lampard substituted him at half time.
Lampard will have a chat with Werner
Werner hasn’t scored a goal since 10 games across all competitions. His last goal came in a 4-1 win over Sheffield United in late November. Since then, the 24-year-old striker missed many good chances in recent weeks.
“Timo wasn’t giving us enough with or without the ball. Some of it we have to give him time. I keep saying the same thing because it’s a different league but we also have to get there quickly.”
“We’ll see about the tiredness – I’ll have a conversation with him. But I felt I had to make changes to change the course of the match,” Lampard said while addressing the reporters at the post-match press conference.