Chelsea – Arsenal: Arsenal Prevail In Combative Game (0-1)

This was not a match that flowed particularly well, but Arsenal were still able to show their superiority in progressing the ball forward thanks to their cohesive possession game. Arsenal managed to find a well deserved goal in the second half, while Chelsea were restricted to very little in front of goal.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.

Chelsea came into this match without a win in their last three Premier League games. They were held to a 0-0 draw by Brentford, before Manchester United took a point from them at Stamford Bridge and Graham Potter’s former club Brighton beat them convincingly last weekend.

Potter has used various formations already during his time at Chelsea, and for this game he opted for a 4-2-3-1 shape. César Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva and Marc Cucurella were the back four, with Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the double-pivot. Ahead of them was a front four of Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal meanwhile continue to look strong so far this season. They did drop points for only the second time against Southampton a couple of weeks ago but responded well last week with a 5-0 demolition of Nottingham Forest.

Mikel Arteta also lined . . .

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Josh Manley (21) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]

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