Match Report: All Square Between London Giants Arsenal and Chelsea

FT: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea – Premier League Matchweek 5

       

After a heated ninety minutes, the duel between the two London heavyweights Chelsea and Arsenal ended in a dull draw. Both sides were unable to find the back of the net, condemning the full-time score at 0-0.

Home side Chelsea will be the more disappointed of the two for certain. Indeed, the Blues are currently the defending Premier League champions and will be frustrated to find themselves securing just 10 points after five games, lagging behind both Manchester bigwigs City and United.

Arsenal, for their part, will definitely see this match as a missed opportunity. They’ve already scuppered the chance to secure a top-four finish last season. That was the first time in nearly two decades they’d miss qualification to the Champions League. They can’t afford to drop points now and have a repeat of their fate last year.

As expected between two of England’s biggest teams, the game started out in blistering fashion. Chelsea almost got themselves in front within the first six minutes after a Cesc Fabregas cross from a corner went in just wide.

       

Arsenal replied with a chance of their own ten minutes later. A fine move from Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin saw the ball crossed tantalizingly inside the box, with Danny Welbeck connecting with the header, only for the shot to go wide.

The two sides would have a couple more exchanges within the first half, but none were clinical enough to get the ball in. Despite the flurry of attempts at each other’s net, the first 45 minutes would end all square. This was understandable as both sides did not start with each other’s talismans: Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez, respectively.

As things went to a lull within the first 15 minutes of the second half, both managers decided to step it up by bringing in their playmakers. Sanchez came in for Arsenal, replacing record-signing Alexandre Lacazette in the 66th minute. Hazard, meanwhile, replaced industrious midfielder Willian four minutes later.

Arsenal seemed to have gotten the opener in the 76th minute when German defender Shkodran Mustafi headed in the ball towards the back of the net from the free-kick. The goal was eventually disallowed for offside.

Chelsea replied with chances of their own. Their master tinker Eden Hazard pulling all the strings as the Blues dished out sharper attacks, but none would end in a goal.

The Gunners would then be handed a crucial chance in the 87th minute, when Chelsea’s David Luiz launches a late and high-footed tackle on Sead Kolasinac. The Brazilian defender would get sent off for the late and reckless challenge, leaving Chelsea with ten men.

Despite this incident, Arsenal would be unable to capitalise on their numbers, with the game eventually ending scoreless, to much irritation from fans of both sides.

       

Elijah is a professional writer, oftentimes seen in his native habitat (a messy studio apartment) typing away strings of words on a word processor in his computer.

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