Has Koscielny missed training?? Comedy of errors gift Chelsea!!

And in my opinion, that is it. Two set pieces, two defensive howlers and two goals….! 

Koscielny, in for Mertesacker, played a part in both and the way he performed yesterday made me wonder if he had been skipping training!! That was not the kind of kind of performance we are used to seeing from him!!

Just recently, Arsene Wenger had talked about the difference between:

‘The Premier League games and the big games”.

He said that yesterdays fixture was definitely one of the latter and yes he was right. It was a huge game between the two top London clubs in the league and the same two who will be fighting it out for the Premier League title come May.

Well, on yesterdays showing, I don’t think we will be causing the other league contenders too much bother, do you?

Team in full: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Arteta, Cazorla, Ramsey, Gervinho, Podolski.

Subs: Martinez, Santos, Mertesacker, Djourou, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.

Santi Cazorla had our first chance but his shot went flying over the bar and Diaby saw a chance hit Cech straight in the midriff. That was pretty much it for the tall Frenchman, just after quarter of an hour he went off injured, replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Ramsey moved in central whilst Chamberlain filled the wide role.

Soon after the change, we went 1-0 down. A free-kick given away in a dangerous area which Mata took, and drifted it in towards Torres.

He and Kosceinly had a bit of a tug of war; Torres poked a foot out and found the back of the net. Mannone was nowhere to be seen!

Sloppy!

Santi Cazorla felt he’d been fouled in the penalty area when Mikel caught in him the head but Atkinson was having none of it. Straight after, Chelsea had their own shout for a penalty turned down when Torres kicked Koscielny and the Spaniard went over like he’d been shot!! 

We had lost our composure, Chelsea were closing us down well, getting away with naughty tackles/fouls at times and we couldn’t get a grip of the game.

Just before half-time though we struck an equaliser and what a super goal it was too.

The ball went our wide to Chamberlain who played a low cross into the area which found Gervinho. One touch, a quick swivel followed by a high shot which blasted into the back of the net.

Oscar and Torres then missed chances to take the away side into the break with a lead.

As the second half started, Podolski burst into the penalty area but his cross hit Gervinho, feel to Cazorla but the Spaniard blasted wide.

Up popped set-piece number two for the afternoon, and goal number two. Vermaelen was at fault for conceding this free kick after he caught Torres. Mata again took the resulting free-kick which missed every player in the box including Koscielny and a helpless/hopeless Mannone who just stood flat-footed on the line.

He didn’t bother to come for the cross, he didn’t really seem to bother to stop the ball going in either.

Shame the referee didn’t see Ivanovich flatten Gibbs as the ball was crossed eh?

We had a few chances to grab an equaliser before the end, in fact had we been able to shoot on target, we may have even got a winner but reality is, we didn’t have our shooting boots on yesterday.

Podolski saw a fine header just saved by Cech and Ramsey fired the rebound wide.

Wenger then made the last two changes, with Giroud and Walcott coming on for Podolski and Ramsey. Giroud went close but Cech was equal to his shot and Koscielny went close from a Cazorla free kick, but his header hit the post.

Chelsea had chances of their own in between ours; Mata from a free kick, which the defensive wall actually managed to block for once, and Moses blasted his chance over the bar.

Cazorla saw another chance go begging before the final whistle blew as his side-footed shot went over the bar and then our big Frenchman looked almost certain to score to salvage a point.

After some good play between Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud was sent clear.

With what would be our final chance of the match, and having beaten Cech, he left himself too much of an angle – his shot blasted into the side-netting….

The game was over and we were brought back to earth with a bang, and bad news about Diaby followed as Wenger confirmed he will now be out for at least three weeks with a thigh strain……

Hardly the way to make The Emirates our fortress was it?

Here are the match stats to end with, supplied by emma:

Top Passers: Arteta: 59/63 – 94% Cazorla: 53/56 – 95% Mata: 47/51 – 92% Terry: 41/44 – 93%

Santi Cazorla & Oxlade Chamberlain created FOUR chances each yesterday for us, but we couldn’t make them count.

Arsenal

Team Statistics

Chelsea

1

Goals

2

1

1st Half Goals

1

4

Shots on Target

3

10

Shots off Target

5

3

Blocked Shots

2

6

Corners

5

14

Fouls

14

4

Offsides

3

2

Yellow Cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

88.1

Passing Success

83.8

31

Tackles

26

77.4

Tackles Success

88.5

51.4

Possession

48.6

57.6

Territorial Advantage

42.4

469

Total Passes

458

35

Total Crosses

15

137

Lost Balls

144

62

Recoveries

59

46.2

1st Half Poss.

53.8

55.7

2nd Half Poss.

44.3

That’s it for today…..

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