Morning all.

Regardless of Chelsea’s struggles and poor results, beating them was never a forgone conclusion, especially when one considers our recent wobbles.

Mikel Arteta made a few changes to the starting lineup, resting Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey and Rob Holding for Leandro Trossard, Jorginho and Jakub Kiwior. All three barely put a foot wrong but the surprise for me was Kiwior. If his performance last night was a sign of things to come then it’s only good news for this team.

Martin Odegaard showed once more how sweet his left foot can strike a ball with two really good goals. Xhaka was once more the assist king of the night and with Gabriel Jesus not giving up on a loose ball by the Chelsea goal, he made it 3-0.

Between Odegaard’s two goals, Arsenal were denied a penalty when a cross from Leandro Trossard hit Fofana’s hand. An odd decision really as the incident was reminiscent of the one which was adjudged to be handball in the West Ham game. I’m sure this very confusing rule will be sorted out in the summer. Yes, I’m being ironic.

Chelsea weren’t really a threat throughout the first half, although Aaron Ramsdale did make a cracking save from a Chilwell shot.

The second half started well as it was more of the same from Arsenal. Gabriel, Xhaka, Saka and Odegaard came close to adding more goals but it was the away team who scored the only other goal in the game after Zinchenko was caught out of position. Again.

After the match, Mikel Arteta said:

I’m really pleased with the first 60 minutes. The way we approached the game, the way we started, our energy. There was a lot of movement, we played forward, scored some great goals and really connected with our supporters and created the atmosphere we wanted. After 60 minutes we should have scored four or five, we didn’t do that and after conceding the goal there is still a long period to play and we should have managed the game a little better.

I think most Arsenal fans will have really enjoyed the first hour of football from Arsenal but for some reason, we do seem to have a tendency to drop our level at some stage in a game. We could have battered Chelsea 5-0 and it’d been no more than we deserved if we had. The key point in my opinion is that it’s clear Mikel Arteta knows we have a problem controlling games and there’s little doubt it’s something he’s trying hard to resolve. It could be something as simple as the squad being young and nerves kicking in. I’m just guessing of course.

Arteta on how Jakub Kiwior performed…

He looked ready, he looked fresh, he looked really determined. He’s been getting better and better every single day, not only in training but his interaction and his language. He’s more settled and he’s a player that I really like, that’s why I signed him. He has the potential at his age to be great and he had a big task against the players he had to face today, and I think he didn’t really well.

That explains why he’s not been played much as it’s a recipe for disaster if team-mates can’t communicate with each other, especially in defence.

Lastly, I hope the club can find the idiot who thought shining a green laser at Mudryk’s face was a good idea and punish him/her. Stupid, just stupid behaviour.

All in all a good night for Arsenal although after a lot of theatrics from Gabriel in the second half, he was replaced by Holding late in the game. Whether the Brazilian is actually injured or not is any one’s guess.

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