Last week, I wrote an article stating my opinions on the forthcoming weekend games. I also made some predictions on those games. Some of my predictions came through. On some matches, though, I was intentionally vague on the predictions, because deep down I knew the result. Or I thought I knew. I’m talking about the Arsenal-Chelsea match here. In that article last week, I said that I don’t see Chelsea repeating the 6-0 beating they gave to Arsenal on Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge. As to who would win this match, which marks Wenger’s 20th year as Arsenal manager, I was silent.
I don’t usually talk so much about a single match, but this particular showdown deserves special attention. This is because the result was a bolt out of the blue. Arsenal-Chelsea has been more of a lesson in who’s boss in recent years. Chelsea had been the undisputed champion of those games, and all those times, Arsene Wenger has suffered various forms of heartbreak. In the last game, Wenger even got himself sent off. Jose Mourinho was still in charge of Chelsea then. Mourinho came out recently to say that he wanted to break Wenger’s face. That’s a lot of bad blood, right?
Anyway, Saturday’s match looked like one of those days. Remember that Arsenal had not beaten Chelsea in a league match for the last five years. With this in mind, they got into the match. Chelsea fielded their best players, which included former Gunner, Cesc Fabregas. Arsenal kept their cool and fielded their best too, though they kept some important players off. Before the match, I was skeptical of the decision to put Alexis Sanchez as a lone striker. He’s so much better on the wings, right? Well, the match started, and Arsenal raced onto a 3-0 lead. That was all; the match was over before the end of the first half.
Chelsea did try to fight back in the second half. Note that I said they tried. Their first shot on target came in the 84th minute, off Michy Batshuayi’s boots. In other words, Chelsea got pwned. This is the forst time in five years that the Arsenal-Chelsea London Derby has gone in Arsenal’s favour. Will it repeat itself? I guess we’ll find out.