London Derby: Chelsea And Arsenal Share The Spoils In A Physical Demanding Clash



This is the most intriguing, energizing, engaging and furiously contested goalless derby seen in an extended period of time with a physically demanding clash at Stamford Bridge which ended with a point apiece.

The Gunners headed into the game with a slight feeling of inadequacy after a disappointing start to the season, with the bookmakers firmly in favour for a home win.

In a session of such fundamental significance, the intensity was of the essence from the start, it was Antonio Conte’s men who got off to a brighter start, front three Morata, Pedro and Willian running riot each time they asserted the ball and kept running at Cech’s goal.

Thibault Courtois saved Lacazette’s shot and Cech ceased Pedro on a one-on-one chance in the first half. Welbeck missed a magnificent shot with Lacazette volleying the resultant spill of the ball.


The Blues went from pacey breaks to wonderful passing football, guaranteeing complete strength over Wenger’s side, who were not able to get near to the Chelsea players.

Ramsey verged on putting the Gunners ahead subsequent to cutting open Chelsea’s defence but his effort horrendously struck the post.

Arsenal viably got Chelsea pegged back for the most length of the game as the North London side reliably exploit gaps behind N’golo Kante and Fabregas in the midfield. The Gunners unmistakably finished the first half as the better side as Chelsea hoping the first half comes to an end.

The match-up proceeded with well into the second half as the two sides kept on giving it their everything. Chelsea were once again on the front foot from the off with Willian terminating his strike directly at Cech.

Bakayoko replaced Pedro, giving Chelsea more controlling the midfield, and the two sides turned the vast majority of their attention towards their defensive ventures with the clock ticking.

Alexis Sanchez and Eden Hazard were both introduced with more than 20 minutes with go as Wenger and Conte looked for a touch of motivation and brightness to break the deadlock.

Azpilicueta was Chelsea’s best defender with him at a point putting his body on hold to square shots from Arsenal players. Kolasinac always gave the Blues issues with his ravaging runs and bullish play.

The referee appropriately got Mustafi’s goal ruled offside from a Xhaka free-kick delivery. David Luiz lost his cool late in the game in the wake of being disappointed by the blue’s play and in the process propelled an unnecessary and thoughtless tackle on the beastly Kolasinac and he was appropriately shown a straight red card by the ref, bringing about Chelsea playing the last 5 minutes with 10 men.

Chelsea were hoping to have it simple against Arsenal on the Bridge of course, but the Gunners performances aren’t the same Arsenal they can without much of a stretch domineering jerk and push around.

Wenger’s men proved that beating Chelsea consecutively in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield wasn’t a fluke but with the predominant method and splendid strategic play.

The points were shared at Stamford Bridge in what was conceivably the most reasonable result, with the two contentious London teams giving a profound entertaining London Debry


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