Premier League: Chelsea vs Arsenal 20/4/22 – Full Match Report

Despite coming from behind twice, a lacklustre performance in the second half sees Chelsea lose their third consecutive home game.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Pre-game:

Wednesday night’s Stamford Bridge showdown featured a London derby, with Chelsea looking to complete a clean sweep over Arsenal following their 2-0 victory at the Emirates in August.


A win for the Gunners would fire them level on points with rivals Tottenham, albeit playing a game more than Spurs. However, a defeat would keep them three points outside the top four with still a North London derby yet to be played.


Looking to build on Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final victory against Crystal Palace, Thomas Tuchel made four changes – which included Mason Mount’s 100th Premier League appearance.

Mikel Arteta made three changes to the starting eleven that lost at St Mary’s, with Rob Holding, Mohamed Elneny and Emile Smith Rowe rotated into the line-up.


First Half:

The opening 45 minutes was stacked with action and drama. On the 4th minute, Mason Mount came close to opening the scoring from a corner kick, with Gabriel coming to Arsenal’s rescue. The Brazilian responded by creating an opportunity of his own, causing Édouard Mendy to come into the action.


Although there was later a half chance for Romelu Lukaku, Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring after capitalising on an Andreas Christensen mistake.

Just four minutes later, Timo Werner equalised for the Blues with his deflected strike going beyond Aaron Ramsdale to the delight of the Chelsea season ticket holders in attendance.

It was end-to-end action in SW6, with Mount and Nketiah hungry for goals for their respective teams. Despite their determination, Emile Smith Rowe got in on the act on the 27th minute with a delicate effort that he passed beyond Mendy. Suddenly, the visitors were ahead again.

However, just like their first lead in the game, the Gunners went on to concede an equaliser just five minutes later. After winning back possession, sublime cross from Mason Mount found the charging César Azpilicueta, who finished superbly on his first touch.

The half finished with chances for Nketiah, Alonso and Emile Smith Rowe, with the best effort coming from the latter. Instead, after a high-scoring first half, both sides had to settle for level pegging heading into the break.

Second Half:

After being at fault for the opener, Thomas Tuchel looked to add extra security to his defence in the second half by bringing on Thiago Silva for the Dane after the break. Chelsea initially responded well in the opening minutes of the second half, with Timo Werner nestling the ball into the side netting.


From here, the Gunners increased their tempo and took the lead for the third time in the game. Once again, Eddie Nketiah was in the right place at the right time to capitalise on a defensive error, which seemed to be the theme of the evening for the hosts.

Although the Blues came bouncing back again on the 64th minute, Arsenal themselves could’ve found another numerous times in final half hour as they continued to counter a rattled Chelsea defence.


As the game moved on to the final few minutes, Mikel Arteta’s side were awarded a penalty as César Azpilicueta grappled Bukayo Saka to the ground inside the penalty area. Saka stepped up to the spot and converted to seal all three points for Arsenal.

After the Whistle:

Looking back on the game Chelsea never necessarily played well and only seemed to deteriorate as they game went on. Despite showing great fight to equalise on two different occasions, the Blues defended horribly from start to finish and were guilty of making some tragic decisions throughout the match.


Given the schedule of the European Champions this season, it’s clear to see that the lacklustre performance was a result of fatigue, in which the visitors opposed through their freshness, hunger and determination.


The defeat marks the third consecutive home defeat for Thomas Tuchel’s side, who conceded 11 in the process. Looking to avoid a fourth, the Blues will hope to respond against West Ham on Sunday.


Arsenal on the other hand will look to make it back-to-back victories as they host an out of sorts Manchester United on Saturday.


Final Score:

Chelsea 2-4 Arsenal.

- Nketiah (13’, 57’).

- Werner (17’)

- Smith Rowe (27’).

- Azpilicueta (32’)

- Saka (90+2’).


BBC Sports Player of the Match:

Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).


Line-ups:

Chelsea (3-4-1-2): Mendy; James, Christensen (45’), Sarr; Azpilicueta ©, Loftus-Cheek, Kanté, Alonso (81’); Mount; Lukaku (60’), Werner.

- Subs: Silva (45’), Havertz (60’), Ziyech (81’).


Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale; White, Holding, Gabriel, Tavares; Elneny, Xhaka; Saka (90+5’), Ødegaard, Smith Rowe (75’); Nketiah (70’).

- Subs: Martinelli (70’), Cédric (75’), Lacazette (90+5’).


Referee:

Jonathan Moss.


Attendance:

32,249.


Possession:

Chelsea (68%) vs Arsenal (32%).


Shots:

Chelsea (11) vs Arsenal (14).


Shots on Target:

Chelsea (2) vs Arsenal (4).


Corners:

Chelsea (6) vs Arsenal (1).


Fouls:

Chelsea (7) vs Arsenal (6).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match Highlights:

- (credit | Sky Sports Football).

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