The London derby is presented in Week 15 of the 2020/21 Premier League, Arsenal and Chelsea clashing at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (27/12) early morning WIB. The hosts won 3-1 through Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka and a penalty from Alexandre Lacazette, while the visitors were only able to reply through Tammy Abraham.
Here are five points from the Arsenal vs Chelsea game.
Jorginho became an irreplaceable player in the Chelsea squad throughout the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, but his fate changed drastically after the resumption of competition after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Italian player is no longer Frank Lampard’s first choice and has been on the bench more often, but in this match he came on for Mateo Kovacic in the 46th minute.
Chelsea then won a penalty after Kai Havertz was brought down by Pablo Mari in the 90 + 1 minute, unfortunately his penalty kick was too weak and could easily be thwarted by Bernd Leno.
For additional information, this is Jorginho’s third failure in carrying out his duties as a penalty taker. Frank Lampard looks like he has to appoint another executor when Timo Werner is not on the field.
On paper, Chelsea is the more favored team, especially Arsenal are also in bad momentum after being knocked out by Manchester City from the League Cup.
Unfortunately, the Blues failed to take advantage of this opportunity and instead played not according to expectations, this was also caused by Frank Lampard’s tactics, strategy and player selection.
The British coach seemed to force Ben Chilwell and Reece James to play, who are actually still undergoing the injury recovery process, while Hakim Ziyech’s absence made Lampard return to place Timo Werner as a wing striker.
The results can certainly be seen, the German player had difficulty developing his performance until finally being replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi in the second half.
Chelsea’s activity in the 2020 summer transfer market makes them seeded to become champions of the 2020/21 Premier League, especially the London club also recruited several star players such as Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
Chelsea’s brilliant start at the start of the season made them also seeded to win the Premier League this season, but if you look at the performance of Frank Lampard’s squad in the last few matches, Mason Mount and his friends still don’t seem worthy to be called a champion candidate.
Currently the Blues must focus on maintaining consistency and maybe lowering the target to finish in the top four.
Arsenal have been in the spotlight in recent times, a series of bad results have made the London club take 15th place in the standings.
Although not reinforced by several major players such as Willian and David Luiz, the Gunners successfully ended a bad trend and finally won full points when they met Chelsea.
This victory was also the first in the Premier League competition since they last beat Manchester United on November 1.
The unfavorable results that Arsenal have received in recent times have made Mikel Arteta’s performance in the spotlight, many even think that the Spanish coach will soon lose his job.
Luckily, they managed to break the negative trend and return to winning ways against Chelsea, this seems to extend Arteta’s breath at the Emirates Stadium and his position as coach is still safe for some time to come.