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Chelsea - Arsenal
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The whistle goes and Arsenal have a win that the club desperately needed after a morale-sapping couple of weeks. It’s a double over the Chelsea for Mikel Arteta too. Thomas Tuchel’s team will now be looking over their shoulders a little after missing a chance to nail down a top four spot. At Stamford Bridge it finishes Chelsea 0 Arsenal 1.
Arsenal’s defenders throw themselves at the ball time and again inside the box as the defending gets increasingly desperate. But they survive again and that is surely the win in the bag!
Arsenal break and Partey goes down in the box. He’s going to be booked for simulation there and rightly so.
It’s all hands to the pump now for Arsenal as Chelsea pump cross and after cross into the box.
There will be SIX MINUTES of added time.
WHAT!? How did that not go in for Chelsea? Zouma loops a brilliant header over Leno and off the bar (via a crucial touch from the keeper), and on the rebound Giroud turns a shot from a tight angle back off the crossbar for a second time in quick succession. Remarkable!
- OffHéctor BellerínArsenal
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And this time he does make way.
Bellerin is down again…
That’s better from Chelsea! The home side open Arsenal up and Hudson-Odoi curls a cross towards Pulisic on the far side. The American is at full-stretch though and fails to make good enough contact to trouble Leno.
But no, the right-back is okay to continue.
Bellerin looks like he’s picked up a bit of an injury here. He’s hobbling to the touchline.
Tuchel made seven changes for this game and you can kind of tell – Chelsea, for all of their possession, haven’t really clicked into anything approaching top gear tonight.
- OffPierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenal
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Arsenal make a change of their own, much to the disappointment of the player making way...
- OffCésar AzpilicuetaChelsea
- OnHakim ZiyechChelsea
Chelsea make an attacking change as they go in search of an equaliser.
Smith Rowe tries to beat the whole Chelsea defence on a mazy run and he almost succeeds, finally being halted by Thiago Silva.
Now it’s Arsenal enjoying a rare spell of possession. It’s not been pretty but so far it’s been quite effective from Mikel Arteta’s team this evening.
It’s all bit a bit meh from Chelsea tonight, almost as if the team are playing with half an eye on their two cup final matches to come.
Bellerin is involved straight away, but at the attacking end of the pitch, getting a shot away that Kepa saves.
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Chelsea also make a change, bringing on a player who can offer something completely different up top.
- OffBukayo SakaArsenal
- OnHéctor BellerínArsenal
It’s the latter, with Saka the player to come off. He’s not been at his best, the youngster.
Bellerin is waiting to come on. Will there be a change of shape from Arsenal or just a more defensive option at right wing-back?
They may have seen that one ruled out, but Chelsea are dominating this game. Arsenal are camped way back in their own half and looking to frustrate the hosts, but it’s going to take plenty more strong defending (and probably the odd slice of luck) for the Gunners to end this game with a clean-sheet.
It was offside, Pulisic was miles off when the ball was flicked on, and the goal is chalked off.
Goal? Chelsea think they are level as a corner is flicked on and an unmarked Pulisic turns it home at the back post.
Havertz looks to weave his way through the Arsenal defence and goes down in the box, but there’s nothing given. The visitors are sitting so deep, it’s asking for trouble.
James lays it inside for Hudson-Odoi on the edge of the box, but he scoops his shot over the bar.
Chelsea should still finish in the top four even if they go on to lose this game, but it does give West Ham and particularly Liverpool a glimmer of hope. As it stands Jurgen Klopp’s side are seven points behind Chelsea but have two games in hand.
Havertz goes down in the box under pressure from Gabriel, but any penalty appeals are waved away and VAR agrees.
Chelsea get the game back underway and it's Mount who's slotted back into central midfield alongside Jorginho.
- OffBilly GilmourChelsea
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The players are back out and it looks like Chelsea are making a change.
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The whistle goes and Arsenal are 1-0 up at the break. It was a gift and they’ve not done much else going forward, but Mikel Arteta’s side seem ready for a back-to-the-wall effort that threatens to make life very difficult in the second half for Chelsea. I’ll catch you again in 15.
Plenty for Tuchel to think about as half-time approaches, with the tempo of the game dropping as we get closer to the interval.
It’s an odd game this. Arsenal are almost under siege at times, but Chelsea aren’t quite clicking despite their dominance of territory and possession.
Saka switches off and is almost punished by Chilwell. The full-back fizzes a ball towards Leno, and the keeper can’t grab it, but neither Havertz nor Mount are able to take advantage.
Arsenal look all at sea in midfield, haven’t really managed to get a grip of the game at all. They’re a goal to the good though so Arteta won’t mind playing primarily on the break at this stage.
Zouma causes problems at the back post from a Chelsea corner and Pulisic attempts to loop a header from the resulting loose ball over Leno. It doesn’t quite drop in time though, landing on the roof of the net.
Chelsea are so slick in attack, with their front three constantly on the move and switching positions.
It’s Mount again, shooting across goal after great work by Havertz, but Leno makes the save. The young Englishman will feel he should probably have scored there.
The replay of the Mount effort shows that it struck the hand of Holding to keep it out. Presumably the ‘natural position’ think is what stopped VAR from getting involved, but that’s perhaps a let-off for the Gunners.
It’s Mount again, who is floating into such dangerous positions for Chelsea in the final third. His effort from close range is blocked.
Mount looks to skip through Arsenal’s defence, but there’s no space for him and he loses the ball, fouling Saka as he tries to rescue the move.
What a shambles that was from Chelsea. They’ve been comfortably the better side, but Arsenal aren’t going to turn down an opportunity like that (although Smith Rowe did his best to slice it wide).
- GoalEmile Smith RoweArsenal
GOOOAAALLL!!! Arsenal have the lead and it’s a gift! Jorginho looks to play back to Kepa, but the keeper had moved out wide to create a better angle. The Chelsea stopper scrambles to keep the ball out, but succeeds in only flicking it straight to Aubameyang, who lays it on a plate for Smith Rowe. 1-0!
Mari dawdles on the ball at the back and Havertz swoops, nicking it off him and bearing down on goal one-on-one. He should score, but fails to hit the target.
Arsenal break and Aubameyang looks for Saka, but the youngster had inched offside.
It’s Mount again involved as Chelsea keep the pressure on, skinning Saka (which isn’t the easiest) and skimming a low cross into the box. It’s cleared by Arsenal, but already the threat down Chelsea’s left is clear to see.
Mount drifts into a pocket of space out on the left of the box and has a go from a tight angle, but it’s straight at the keeper.
There’s not been much of note so far, with Chelsea controlling things without creating anything.
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Arsenal, kitted out on their usual red and white, get the game underway.
Here we go then, the players are out at Stamford Bridge and we’re all set for kick-off.
" Every step is a big one in the last weeks. This is another tough one against a strong Arsenal side. It is difficult to create big chances against them. It is a London derby. We work hard. It doesn’t feel like we have made so many changes, but we think we have a strong line-up today. It does not seem like we have an inexperienced squad, they are used to playing in this shape. We have worked hard to have the momentum, so if you catch it, you try not to interfere as a coach. It’s a tough one, we have to be ready."
" Chelsea have been extraordinary in the last few months, in terms of results and performances, and it is always tough to come here. But we know what we have to do to beat them. We have to be 120 percent of our level, individually and collectively. If we do that, we have a chance to win the game. We need to lift our heads and show we care, and give this club and the fans the finish to the season they deserve."
The managers have been speaking to broadcasters Sky Sports ahead of kick-off. Here’s the pick of what they’ve had to say…
Five changes for Arsenal, with rests for Gabriel Martinelli, Pepe, Willian, Dani Ceballos and Calum Chambers.
That’s seven changes for Chelsea from the side that beat Manchester City at the weekend. But the players coming back in aren’t exactly second string (on the whole). Kepa, Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Jorginho, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz all start.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Zouma, James, Gilmour, Jorginho, Chilwell, Mount, Pulisic, Havertz.
Subs: Alonso, Werner, Mendy, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Emerson Palmieri, Anjorin, Livramento.
Arsenal: Leno, Holding, Gabriel, Pablo Mari, Tierney, Thomas, Elneny, Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang.
Subs: Bellerin, Ceballos, Lacazette, Willian, Cedric, Pepe, Chambers, Ryan, Martinelli.
Here’s a reminder of those teams…
For more on Arsenal’s descent into mediocrity, check out this excellent feature by Eurosport’s Ibrahim Mustapha.
Tonight’s game also offers a terrific opportunity for Arsenal to get some positive vibes back around the club. It’s fair to say that those vibes aren’t exactly plentiful right now, after a period of steady deterioration at the club, but a win over London rivals would certain help.
Arsenal’s season will not be seen as a success, regardless of what happens in the remaining matches. But there is still a chance that Mikel Arteta’s side could overtake their north London neighbours Spurs and finish respectably high in the table. However, lose tonight and the Gunners face the very real prospect of being leapfrogged by both Leeds United and Aston Villa, sending them into the bottom half of the table.
The Blues have an FA Cup final coming up this weekend too, so perhaps as the match unfolds then Tuchel will make some changes that reflect their big upcoming game. Fresh legs and all that.
For Chelsea, tonight’s game is all about strengthening their grip on that top four place. Win this and it would take something pretty absurd for either West Ham United or Liverpool to catch Thomas Tuchel’s side and nab that spot. Lose and the door will still be open.
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