Chelsea 2 vs 0 Arsenal
Chelsea continued their great start to the season with a commanding victory at home to Arsenal. They managed to take the lead through a Hazard penalty and they did what Mourinho teams do so well; totally stifled the opposition whilst carrying a terrific attacking threat due to the pace (of thought as well of feet) in their side.
I asked ThatsWengerBall to give me his thoughts on the game via the lens of the PPT, and his comments appear below the gif.
However, I wanted to mention the one facet of the game that was really noticeable with this PPT; Arsenal’s total abandonment of the right side as an attacking option. Up until the point Oxlade-Chamberlain came on and provided width on that side, Arsenal didn’t have anyone in that area of the pitch during the match. Watch the entire gif to see what I mean.
Ozil was the most right sided player, but he Cazorla, Welbeck and Wilshere were all primarily in the centre of the pitch. The lack of Arsenal players in that right side was so noticeable as to make me presume it was a pre-defined strategy for Wenger. If so, it changed immediately when Ox was brought on.
Definitely a strange one to play so many attacking players in the centre, especially against a Chelsea team that is so solid up the middle.
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