Arteta’s Arsenal Breathes as they Beat Chelsea on Boxing Day
The ‘Gunners‘, who had not won since 1 November, defeated Lampard‘s men in the northern derby against South London
The rival was none other than Chelsea, but Boxing Day was liberating for an Arsenal that had starred in their worst start to the championship since 1974-75. Mikel Arteta, coach of the ‘gunner’ team, was facing a dramatic northern derby against south London and his Arsenal achieved their first victory since 1 November: 3-1. And this despite the fact that he had to suffer in the last minutes, after closing distances Tammy Abraham.
A 3-1 to breathe and for the hope of the ‘gunner’ fans. Arsenal managed to be a much safer and more solid team against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea than in recent weeks, much better organized, and the rest was done by the confidence that the goals gave them.
Mason Mount crashed a ball into the wood. But it wasn’t Chelsea’s afternoon. Arsenal’s first goal came after a penalty from James on Tierney not without controversy. But the truth is that the referee, after consulting with the VAR, ruled that it existed. Alexandre Lacazette transformed him and Arsenal had done the most difficult thing, the first step: he was in charge of the scoreboard. It was the 34th minute.
Without Chelsea having time to react, the afternoon’s masterpiece arrived: Granit Xhaka’s sensational free-kick, back from his suspension. It was 44 ‘. It wasn’t all. In the 56th minute, after receiving a ball from Emile Smith-Rowe (whom Arteta awarded this game for his work), Bukayu Saka connected with a shot that looked more like a center and, without even believing it, beat Benjamin Mendy , which failed, as did his defense.
It was a flat Chelsea this Boxing Day against Arsenal. Elneny crashed a ball into the post. But there were still many emotions to live in the Emirates Stadium. After a Callum Hudson-Odoi cross, Abraham scored with his chest. The referee resorted to the VAR to determine if there was an offside, but because of Héctor Bellerín’s boot it did not exist. It was 85 ‘.
And in the 90 ‘, a penalty committed by Pablo Mari on Mason Mount. Bernd Leno played the hero ‘gunner’ by stopping Jorginho’s pitch. This time it was Arteta’s turn to smile and breathe.