Another massive three points for the Chelsea boys as they manage a late comeback at the Emirates, rounding off the decade in spectacular fashion.
With the Gunners leading for the majority of the match, it looked as though the Blues were about to endure yet another devastating defeat. However, thanks to a bit of Tammy magic and a mistake from Bernd Leno, Chelsea were able to scramble back to a 2-1 win – securing their second derby victory within the space of a week. But it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for Frank Lampard with a fair amount of problems still in need of addressing…
Jorginho: A Chelsea Legend in the Making
When the Italian was brought on shortly after the half hour mark, he completely transformed the game. The 28-year-old quickly provided that extra spark in midfield that Chelsea so desperately needed, with Arsenal playing compact in the early stages of the game. Jorginho offered more control when he came onto the pitch and encouraged the players to go forward so Chelsea were able to attack. As well as his playmaking, the man’s leadership skills and absolute determination to bring the game back was evident. Not to mention the fact he scored the first goal for the Blues which led them to their winning ways. Of course, there was a lot of controversy surrounding a potential sending off for the midfielder, but referee Craig Pawson made some questionable decisions throughout the entirety of the match.
First Comeback for the Blues
As Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted the first goal for the Gunners in the opening 15 minutes, a feeling of concern was displayed among the Chelsea fans. Yes, there was still a lot of time left in the game, but the Blues haven’t exactly been known for providing a convincing amount of comebacks in recent times. In fact, Chelsea’s 2-1 victory against Arsenal on Sunday was the first league game that the Blues managed to come back from this season, following an opening goal from the opposing team. It’s a worrying statistic for Blues supporters – but after the spirit and desire that the lads showed today, hopefully they won’t be afraid to show a similar mindset and determination in the future.
Chelsea Still Have a Lot of Work to Do
When your team wins a London derby 2-1 away at the Emirates, it can be difficult to pick out the various negatives within the game. However, we should put our hands up and admit that this wasn’t, by no means, our greatest performance. For the majority of the 90 minutes, Chelsea performed extremely poorly, and it was largely down to Arsenal’s shaky defence that we managed to net in two late goals. We also lacked serious creativity throughout the game, becoming too predictable with crosses into the box. Of course, we must pay credit to the team for getting back into the match, but we still have a long way to go…
Struggles at the Back Continue
Another game, another woeful Chelsea defence. When the announcement came that Emerson would be starting as left wingback, Chelsea fans were not convinced by the selection – and they had every right to show concern. The 25-year-old had a disastrous performance, leaving Lampard no choice but to bring him off in the early stages of the game. His inability to mark Aubameyang from the Arsenal corner led to their goal and he was constantly being caught out, failing to produce an accurate pass. The other Chelsea defenders also didn’t have a great game and we often made it too easy for Arsenal’s attack, given them acres of space. Kepa Arrizabalaga should’ve also done better with the goal as we failed to secure yet another clean sheet.
Frank Lampard isn’t Afraid to Mix Things Up
In the opening moments of the match, the 3-4-3 formation wasn’t working for the Blues. As a result, the Chelsea coach made the bold decision to take Emerson off after 35 minutes and replace him with Jorginho, reverting to a 4-3-3 with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to the left and Fikayo Tomori taking over at the right. With all respect to the gaffer, his change in tactics helped Chelsea secure the vital three points. After 60 minutes, Lampard then decided to take Tomori off for Tariq Lamptey as the youngster made his debut for Chelsea. Eyebrows were raised with the young man making his first appearance in such an important game, especially with the Blues still currently 1-0 down. However, the 19-year-old had an excellent debut – delivering superb passes, making crucial tackles and winning possession during his time on the pitch. It’s time like this when we have to remind us to trust in Frank. For now, London is blue.