The repugnant chants from the away end were loud and understood while the game grew. It wasn’t directed at Jose Mourinho, nor was it about the feud between two big teams in London. Rather the message was abhorrently clear: “F*** off Cesc”
The gunners faithful temporarily brushed aside the intensity of the contest. Instead, they collectively directed their scrutiny at a certain Spaniard who was carefully nurtured in Arsenal. He then pursued greener pastures to his boyhood club Barcelona. Sadly, a prodigal return to North London was blocked by the chap who monitored his development.
Determined to play in the league that made him a name, Fabregas sailed west into a genius in the guise of Jose Mourinho.
He sure made his former employee rue his snub by sending in a trademark assist to Diego Costa to bury and seal a deserved victory for his new club. But Fabregas was barely one of the factors to his guest’s stumble at the Bridge.
Arsene Wenger flops again tactically
The much debated Mesut Ozil’s position in the team was anticipated ahead of the Derby. In his customary slot from the middle, the German international is an unstoppable force and it’s evident with series of stellar assists at his former club Real Madrid to his current. When drafted out wide, his performances are identical to a Championship League Two prospect.
So it was a ludicrous idea to use the German again on the flanks. This is certainly no rocket science. For a lad who emphasised to anybody that cared to listen, the reason for his mega bucks switch to London was due to lack of faith from his former coach, Wenger was definitely not repaying the 25-year old in such a crucial game.
Arsenal lacked any creative spark without the chief orchestrator in comfort. Aside Alexis Sanchez ambitious runs, it was entirely mundane in the final third. No wonder they couldn’t manage a shot on target in the overall statistics.
Mourinho’s sheer brilliance on show
The Portuguese continues to manifest his technical prowess in handling big games. Similar to the 1-1 escapade in Manchester, the 51-year old continues to create a setup that is an arduous task to crack.
Mourinho said after the win that his side was “content with Arsenal handling possession” but his boys remained solid, focused, and disciplined at the back. All the illustrious work paid off for the Blues. They pressed Arsenal with a highline, giving the key players no space to exploit.
No aura to win from the visitors
Since the plan was to allow Arsenal boss the proceedings but remain resilient in defense. In a strange twist of fate, such enigmatic system from Mourinho had its downside. The Arsenal players were to be graciously granted the freedom to up the ante and search tirelessly for the decisive killer. However, there was no such glamour. In fact, after Hazard converted the penalty with ease; the boys in red and white were ostensibly fulfilled with trailing the game with a lone goal deposit. When they tried to score and the telling finish let them down, Chelsea instantaneously preyed on their psyche, forcing Wenger’s men to crawl back to their shells and see out the game as it stood. Though Diego Costa had other ideas, against big teams, Arsenal still fall short mentally.
One of the biggest predicaments Arsene Wenger has had this season is fusing the Middle men in the rightful department. Another difficulty he’s stealthily suffering is making changes when the going gets tough. As awful as Ozil was in the first half, a different approach was pressing.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has been immense this season. He was the catalyst to inject some pace and track down a vibrant Eden Hazard, who was butchering young Calum Chambers in right back. However, the manager opted to withdraw the glazing Santi Cazorla for the England International. That substitution was the turning point in the wrong direction, and although Chelsea’s winning goal had nothing to do with the change, the necessary flow was missing as Cazorla was one of the best performers in the first half.
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