Chelsea was underestimated but entered the game better. The proof is that coach Mauricio Pochettino and his team lead Arsenal by 2 goals. However, the Gunners also showed their bravery when they woke up in time to leave with a point.
Here are 5 notable highlights surrounding the match.
1. Dizzying rotation
Chelsea made everyone offside when they entered the game so well. Two goals at the beginning of the second half were worthy results. For two-thirds of the match, Chelsea played much better. However, the situation changed too quickly after Declan Rice’s goal.
Arsenal rallied to press strongly and scored an equalizer from Leandro Trossard. With just a moment of inattention, Chelsea suddenly lost the game to Arsenal and let slip an extremely unfortunate victory.
2. Cucurella revived
In just 45 minutes of the first half, Marc Cucurella had 7/7 successful duels and 5/5 accurate ball movements. He is the reason why Bukayo Saka cannot make many breakthroughs into the penalty area or pass people as usual. In Chelsea’s two lost goals, it was clearly not Cucurella’s fault. From being about to be sold, this defender rose strongly and gradually took a starting position in the Chelsea squad.
3. Is Mudryk really playing football now?
Even though Mudryk played quite poorly last season, coach Mauricio Pochettino still has full faith in his student. And Pochettino’s patience paid off. Mudryk really stood out in this match. He moves smartly and is not afraid to compete, making it difficult for Arsenal’s defense.
And the goal in this match was a masterpiece. Mudryk cut the ball into a beautiful curve that beat David Raya from outside the box. Mudryk is having a brilliant resurgence. He scored 3 goals and had 1 assist in the last 4 matches with Chelsea and the national team.
4. Unforgettable day for two goalkeepers
In the second goal, Raya chose a bad position, creating conditions for Mudryk to score a super goal. In the 57th minute, he had a situation where he passed the ball straight to Palmer’s feet. Fortunately, the young English striker handled the ball inaccurately, otherwise Arsenal would have conceded again. It seems that Raya is mentally ill.
Meanwhile, Roberto Sanchez is also quite blameworthy. While Chelsea was controlling the situation, he had a situation where he passed the ball to the wrong address and just waiting for that, Declan Rice fired a one-touch shot from outside the penalty area to shorten the score for Arsenal. From this point on, Chelsea was passive and let the opponent equalize.
5. Gunner’s bravery
Arsenal didn’t play too well this match. The feeling that Arsenal’s pillars handled the final stage ineffectively. However, what matters is the result. Arsenal showed bravery at the right time at the most difficult time. One point against Chelsea is not bad. Matches like this will help Arsenal’s spirit rise even more. After 9 rounds, coach Mikel Arteta and his team are still maintaining their unbeaten record with 6 wins and 3 draws.
Tieu Lam | 01:23 October 22, 2023