Match Report: Chelsea 2 – 1 Arsenal. We're third now. Surely we've blown it.

SagnaAn exciting first half, that all Arsenal fans would have been happy with. The second also started well and we had the ball and played it around well. On the 59th minute an in-swinging corner from Fabregas and a header and first goal of the season from Sagna. 30 minutes to go and we were 1-0 up at the bridge. Sagna had been instrumental in the game so far, defending well and attacking down the right with assurance. It was unfortunate that moments later, Sagna twisted his ankle and could no longer feature. Diaby came on and Eboue reverted to right back. One minute later, it was 1-1. A cross into the path of Drogba and he’d equalised. Replays show that Drogba, Anelka and Kalou were all offside. A bitter pill to swallow. Do you remember the Carling Cup final last year, we were 1-0 up and then Drogba equalised with a goal that was offside. It’s theme with Chelsea, but more of the linesman’s fault than Chelsea’s. 10 minutes later it was 2-1. We kicked the ball out as one of their playing was feigning injury and instead of passing it back to our keeper, they kicked it out for a throw in near our corner flag. Subsequently  they applied pressure and moments later we gave away a free kick and Drogba scrambled in the winner. We had Walcott and Bendtner on for the final few periods, but even then, dirty tricks, time wasting and even the Chelsea coaching staff wasting time. There was no chance to equalise and the game finished 2-1. It’s a horrible way to end our title charge and Chelsea do themselves no favours at all. But they’re now second and we’ve dropped to third – it’s our worst run in 9 years. But if we had lost our first two games and drawn our next X and then won the last Y in a row, we’d all feel differently. We’re 6 points behind United, we have 7 games to go. It’s not over. Hard, not impossible though… Okay, we need to refocus, we have Bolton away next… it’s going to be a difficult few days but let’s give this result some time and chat again tomorrow… Until then.]]>

  • john

    < ![CDATA[Arsenal can only blame themselves. Yesterday was another game they should not have lost. However surely Wenger has to take responsibility. No central defender was brought in January when Toure was away at the ANC, and we will win nothing with Adey upfront. Yesterday he looked uninterested, the guy is not world class, and playing Van Persie when clearly not fit, seems like desperation. The league has gone and do not fancy our chances of going much further in CL. Unfortunately we do not have the squad to continue the good work that was achieved earlier in the season. Arsene needs to buy, the squad needs to be strengthened and we can only hope VP gets back to his best soon.]]>

  • RvP Fan

    Nice analasys! I for one cant see why Theo isnt starting. He has been playing better football of late and i feel its time for theo to start, with Eboue as a sub.

  • C Mac

    Nothing like making it harder on ourselves! We had it in our hand and we let it go.