Chelsea saw a nine-man Arsenal 2-0 in a match with a ton of controversy. Both Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were sent off in Chelsea’s second win of this young Premier League season. Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard scored the goals that won the match for the home side that needed this victory very badly to right the ship so to speak after a horrid start to the season.
In the first half of this rivalry match not much was going as neither club had a real edge to their attack, Chelsea definitely started on the front foot with good possession, but much like the first few matches of this season the possession led to very few chances. Arsenal had some good moments and like Chelsea they were unable to convert them into real scoring chances.
It got much more interesting near the end of the half when Arsenal had a man sent off in a scuffle with Diego Costa. Costa and Laurent Koscielny got into it after a challenge Costa did not like and Gabriel joined in on jawing with the former Atletico man. This led to Gabriel and Costa continuing to argue for much too long and during the immature exchange Gabriel both received a yellow card and it ended with the Arsenal man turning around and stomping Costa leading to his red card. The red may have been harsh as both men were really in the wrong for continuing the scuffle for far too long but in the end the referee made the decision to send off Gabriel with the help of his assistant who had a better view of the incident.
After the halftime break and the incident that sent Arsenal down to 10 men, they looked even less likely of scoring than they did in the first half. It was not long into the second half before Chelsea broke the deadlock through Kurt Zouma. The man who has effectively replaced John Terry in the Chelsea side got on the end of a Cesc Fabregas free-kick to head in the opening goal. Petr Cech probably should have saved the header as he got a hand to it but in the end he could not keep the shot out on his return to Stamford Bridge.
Shortly after the opening goal Arsenal had their best chance of the second half when a miscommunication between Zouma and Gary Cahill led to a whiffed shot from Alexis Sanchez. If Sanchez could have gotten a real foot to it Arsenal may have drawn level, but he could not and they really did not have another chance in the match. Not long after things got even worse for Arsenal as Santi Cazorla got his second yellow card for a challenge on Fabregas. Chelsea really dominated possession and sat on their lead after their rivals went down to 9 men, not giving up the ball but also not creating chances.
Near the end of the match, Eden Hazard added a second Chelsea goal when he got on the end of a blocked Loic Remy shot and hit a powerful deflected shot. This ended the misery for Arsenal who had a horrible outing even though they had come into the match with much more momentum than their London rivals. Both red cards were harsh but even before both of them they had very few chances and really did not look likely to get points from the match.
Chelsea needed this 2-0 victory over Arsenal to get their season back on the right track, after a very poor star. Arsenal had two men sent off and never looked likely to score or get points from the match and may have helped Chelsea get back to winning ways. Next up both clubs have Capital One Cup matches with Chelsea facing Walsall and Arsenal face off against another London Rival in Tottenham.
Commentary By Max Petkevicius
Edited By Leigh Haugh
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