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6 Talking Points From Arsenal’s 3-1 Win Against Chelsea

Kelvin Muchuma

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On Saturday 26 December, Arsenal gave their manager Mikel Arteta something to smile about as they returned back to winning ways by beating Chelsea 3-1 at Emirates Stadium. This was a game that many expected Chelsea to easily win due to Arsenal’s recent bad form but the Gunners shocked fans as they turned the tables against The Blues.

 

It was a fantastic day for Arsenal as they grabbed the necessary three points to keep them moving. Arsenal are now at position 14 in the premier league table with 17 points while Chelsea sit at position 7 with 25 points. Chelsea are subject to drop to position eight if Tottenham wins or draws against Wolves on Sunday 27 December. What was witnessed in that terrific match is as follows.

 

1. Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty.

Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal in front at home when he netted the first goal in the 34th minute from the penalty spot. The penalty was awarded after Chelsea’s Reece James tripped Kieran Tierney in the penalty area. VAR had a look at it and the referee decided to stay with the initial call.

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2. Granit Xhaka’s goal.

Granit Xhaka doubled the lead for Arsenal from a fantastic free kick in the 44th minute. Arsenal got the free kick after N’Golo Kante tripped Bukayo Saka.

 

3. Bukayo Saka’s goal.

Bukayo Saka made it three for Arsenal in the 56th minute. This injected great confidence into the Arsenal squad. Saka was assisted by Emile Smith-Rowe.

 

4. Tammy Abraham’s goal.

Tammy Abraham netted for Chelsea in the 85th minute after getting an assist from Callum Hudson-Odoi. The goal was subjected to VAR check due to a possible  offside but it stood.

 

5. Jorginho’s missed penalty.

Towards the end of the match, Chelsea got the chance to add a second goal from the penalty spot but their favourite Jorginho missed it. Bernd Leno was too good and he saved it. Chelsea were awarded that penalty after Pablo Mari tripped Mason Mount.

6. Chelsea’s ball possession.

Despite losing that match, Chelsea looked great in terms of ball possession as they were always above average in the entire match. By the end of the match they had a ball possession of 60%.

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