Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri: "I'm disappointed and I'm angry. I was disappointed with our mental approach more than anything else. I thought that we'd overcome that, but it would now appear that there's still a great deal of work to do to be able to get these players truly motivated and up for playing these games.
We didn't press far enough up the pitch and I think there was a definite lack of determination, particularly in our own penalty area. The first goal was a pretty massive example of how we lacked determination. Chelsea have their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Tottenham on Tuesday GMT as they look to overturn a first-leg deficit.
Formation Match ends, Arsenal 2, Chelsea 0. Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Chelsea 0. Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea wins a free kick on the right wing. Foul by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal. Ross Barkley Chelsea is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ross Barkley Chelsea. Matteo Guendouzi Arsenal wins a free kick in the defensive half. Delay over. They are ready to continue. Delay in match Granit Xhaka Arsenal because of an injury. Granit Xhaka Arsenal wins a free kick in the defensive half. Foul by Granit Xhaka Arsenal. Foul by Matteo Guendouzi Arsenal. Foul by Marcos Alonso Chelsea. Attempt missed. Mohamed Elneny Arsenal right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
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Wish they could defend like that every week. Another worrying injury though, why does this keep happening? Very good! Shame about Bellerin. I thought Koscielny was finished but he proved me wrong today. We actually defended today. Comment posted by glenn, at 19 Jan glenn. As usual the sad Spurs fans very loose term are first up on the Arsenal Hys.
Get lives little boys. Did Chelsea think Sarri would magically turn into a world class manager at the age of 60? He's never won a trophy, and is more suited to a club wanting to break into the top 6, not a club already in the top 6. Emery on the other hand has experience of winning things and, at 47, still has time to develop into a world-class manager. Comment posted by Itsonlymyopinion, at 19 Jan Itsonlymyopinion. Jorginho a joke in midfield … how can he possibly have displaced and misplaced Kante?
Comment posted by Finkelstein, at 19 Jan Finkelstein. Cracking match and a well deserved win by the Gunners. They soaked up the pressure from Chelsea and did a great job of marshalling Jorginho so Chelsea could not create. Aaaron Ramsey was excellent and it was he who truly kept Jorginho out of the game. A clean sheet is proof positive that the Arsenal defence worked well and stayed firm. Arsenal still very much in the top 4 hunt. Comment posted by lvred, at 19 Jan lvred.
Have been watching comments from such star pundits as BlueIsTheColour all season smirking at other teams for their lack of attacking endeavour. One shot on target in 90 minutes? ONE shot on target? I await your next insightful comment with bated breath First of all, great result Arsenal, we were fairly beaten.
Chelsea board need to realise that we are sorely missing a top quality player to lead this attack. An out of form, lacking fitness, Higuain at 31 is not the answer. Chelsea's recent transfer activity has resembled that of a circus recently.
Comment posted by gunnergetu, at 19 Jan gunnergetu. Defeat now leaves Maurizio Sarri's side, who had just one shot on target at the Emirates, looking over their shoulders with the Gunners and Manchester United three points off fourth. Subs: Iwobi 6 , Maitland-Niles 7 , Elneny 6.
Arsenal flew out of the traps and they took a deserved lead in the 14th minute, Lacazette producing some sharp footwork in the penalty area before finding the roof of the net with superb finish from a tight angle. The Gunners were given a warning when Pedro latched onto David Luiz's inch-perfect through ball, but the Spain winger's lofted effort over the onrushing Bernd Leno bounced agonisingly wide. It did not deter the hosts though, and they grabbed an important second six minutes from half-time when Koscielny beat the offside trap to bundle Sokratis Papastathopoulos' cross in off his shoulder for his first goal in days.
Marcos Alonso headed against the post as Chelsea ended the half strongly,but Arsenal held on to go in ahead - just the third time Emery's side have managed to do so in the league this season. After the break Pedro fired over and Alonso wide as Chelsea continued to create chances but Leno remained untested as the game entered the final 30 minutes. Sarri turned to Ross Barkley, and then former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, in search of a lifeline but their problems in front of goal continued.
Elsewhere, Emery made three changes from the side that lost at West Ham. Maurizio Sarri stuck with the same side that beat Newcastle last time out in the Premier League. Eden Hazard once again started as the central striker with former Arsenal player Olivier Giroud named on the bench.
The only down side of the evening for Arsenal was Bellerin's injury. Starting for the first time since a calf injury, the Spain full-back was carried off on a stretcher having gone down holding his knee. Chelsea pushed further forward in the hope of a spectacular comeback but it never materialised as Arsenal returned to winning ways. Unai Emery: "Today, every circumstance came with us. The mentality was good.
And we want to have the same mentality today at home and away - which we haven't yet. Maurizio Sarri: "I have to say that I'm extremely angry, very angry indeed, because this defeat was due to our mentality more than anything else. We played against a team that was mentally far more determined that we were, and this is something I can't accept. We spoke a great deal about that particular loss and our approach at the time.
I spoke to the players, I thought that we had managed to overcome the issue. It seems to me that have an issue with having a sufficient amount of determination and being mentally solid. I'm not happy at all because I prefer to come into the press room and into the changing room to talk about the tactics and why we lost from a strategy point of view, but the fact of the matter is that it would appear that this group of players is extremely difficult to motivate.