Arsenal moved again to the highest of the Premier League desk with a hard-fought win at London rivals Chelsea.
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Gabriel’s second half purpose was sufficient to make it 11 wins from 13 video games to this point this season, as Mikel Arteta’s facet seemed harmful all through and managed huge swathes of the sport.
Graham Potter’s Chelsea by no means bought going on this sport and so they’ve now misplaced back-to-back Premier League video games for the primary time since December 2020, when Frank Lampard was in cost.
Arsenal’s win (their third-straight at Chelsea) means they’re prime of the desk with 34 factors, as they sit 13 factors above Chelsea who’re seventh.
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What we realized from Chelsea vs Arsenal
The Gunners are the actual deal: That is the type of sport you win if you are going to be within the title race. On a stormy, moist afternoon in west London, the Gunners confirmed up. Huge time. In earlier seasons they’d have misplaced or drawn this sport however they caught to their job, saved the ball properly and performed with the philosophy and magnificence that Arteta calls for. Their perception by no means wavered and so they’re enjoying with a lot confidence proper now. They nonetheless might not match Manchester Metropolis over the course of a 38-game season however the need, ardour and perception of this Arsenal facet tells us they are going to be very shut when all is claimed and executed. The stat beneath sums up their enchancment in opposition to the massive boys this season and keep in mind: they’re the youngest crew within the Premier League.
Clunky Chelsea want endurance: This was a reasonably horrible Chelsea show. It was clunky from the beginning and so they by no means seemed snug in a 4-3-3 formation. Graham Potter has been hampered by accidents however he has tried just about each mixture of gamers and formation at this level. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a horrible time up prime in opposition to his former crew and Chelsea simply could not get the ball ahead rapidly sufficient to the ultimate third. It’s going to take time for Potter to totally implement his enjoying type. Do Chelsea’s followers, and Todd Boehly, have the endurance wanted?
Jesus does every little thing however rating: He typically has the facial features of somebody who simply misplaced their profitable lottery ticket and that tells you the way determined Gabriel Jesus is to succeed. He missed a giant probability within the first half however by no means stopped operating and he knits Arsenal’s whole assault collectively. His runs, flicks and hold-up play will get them up the pitch and though his drought continues, his significance to this Arsenal crew is obvious for all to see.
Arsenal’s 4-2-3-1 was dominant and so too have been Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ben White. The 2 full backs tucked inside and Zinchenko’s return was an enormous enhance as he pushed in from left again and have become the additional man in midfield. That allowed Arsenal to get on the ball additional ahead rapidly after which Ben White on the opposite flank was typically the spare man. It labored so properly and Chelsea simply could not cease Arsenal getting up the pitch after a number of slick passes.
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Stars of the present
William Saliba: Dominant defensive show and appears so assured and composed.
Gabriel Jesus: Ran himself into the bottom and though he did not bag his one massive probability, what so unselfish.
Thomas Partey: He and Xhaka dominated midfield and the Ghanaian midfielder at all times seems in management.
Chelsea head to Manchester Metropolis on Wednesday, Nov. 9 within the League Cup, then journey to Newcastle within the PL on Saturday, Nov. 12. Arsenal host Brighton on Wednesday, Nov. 9 within the League Cup and Wolves within the league on Nov 12.
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Key story strains
Chelsea misplaced at Brighton final outing and drew in opposition to Manchester United of their final residence sport as Potter’s facet are going by means of a number of points, particularly defensively. He continues to rotate his lineup, particularly in assault, and regardless of only one defeat in 11 video games it appears like Chelsea are nonetheless but to totally come to life beneath the gifted English coach. As for Arsenal, they’re flying with 10 wins from their opening 12 video games of the season and Arteta’s kids responded beautifully after dropping factors at Southampton. They battered Nottingham Forest from begin to end final weekend and so they might want to replicate that slick attacking show to profit from the possibilities they get at Chelsea. The Gunners will probably be in search of yet one more quick begin as that has been key to their early-season success and they are going to be harmful on the break.
In-form gamers to regulate
Raheem Sterling scored within the Champions League in midweek and Mason Mount put in a person of the match show, whereas Denis Zakaria scored on his debut and seemed very respectable in midfield after spending the previous few months ready for his probability. Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard have been excellent all season lengthy, whereas Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey are dominating midfield every week. Everyone seems to be in nice type for the Gunners.
Chelsea crew information, accidents, lineup
Ben Chilwell suffered a really critical hamstring harm proper on the finish of their win in opposition to Dinamo Zagreb and that’s one other massive blow for the Blues’ protection. He joins Reece James and Wesley Fofana on the sidelines, plus N’Golo Kante can be out with a long-term thigh situation. Kepa Arrizabalaga can be out so Edouard Mendy begins in purpose, whereas Mateo Kovacic is simply match sufficient for the bench. Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella and Ruben Loftus-Cheek come again into the beginning lineup.
Arsenal crew information, accidents, lineup
Emile Smith Rowe is out whereas Matt Turner is working his manner again to health from a groin situation. Mohamed Elneny is again, whereas Oleksandr Zinchenko returns at left again which is a giant enhance. In the meanwhile this can be a very settled Arsenal lineup and Arteta has Gabriel Jesus up prime with Saka (who has shaken off a knock), Martinelli and Odegaard floating round beneath him.
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