Arsenal dominate Chelsea and regain the lead in the Championship
The crossover continues, but it should not drag on. This Tuesday, by winning against Chelsea…
The crossover continues, but it should not drag on. This Tuesday, by winning against Chelsea (3-1), at the Emirates, the Gunners regained the lead in the Premier League, which they had abandoned since Sunday to the Citizens. But the Londoners’ joy is likely to be short-lived as their Manchester rivals will move back into first place on Wednesday with a home win against West Ham in a late game, and could then fail. no longer let go until the end of the season, due to a more favorable schedule (which will notably see City play a second game late, in Brighton, on May 24).
In the meantime, Mikel Arteta’s players therefore maintain the hope of suspense, thanks to a success obtained against a completely disoriented Blues, where only three players survived: N’Golo Kanté, rather on the legs, Noni Madueke, who saved the honor of his family following a good opening from Mateo Kovacic (3-1, 65th), and Kepa Arrizabalaga, author of several spectacular saves (16th, 53rd, 84th). If Chelsea continues to dive, under the direction of a Frank Lampard chaining a sixth defeat in a row since his return to the bench of his heart club, Arsenal, who remained on four matches without success, therefore rose, demonstrating a remarkable cohesion and rigor.
3-0 after 34 minutes
To the point of scoring his first two goals after surprisingly identical sequences, which each time saw a sequence of 12 p***es in 38 seconds ending with a cross from Granit Xhaka taken over without control by Martin Odegaard (1-0 , 18th; 2-0, 31st). Then Gabriel Jesus scored closely on a confused action (3-0, 34th), during which Thiago Silva, Wesley Fofana and Cesar Azpilicueta found themselves on the ground, illustrating the defensive impotence of their formation.
In the second half, the Gunners gradually fell asleep, without really putting themselves in danger, except by losing Gabriel, apparently to a muscle injury (84th). Should the Brazilian forfeit the perilous trip to Newcastle on Sunday then Mikel Arteta, who is also at risk of being without William Saliba (back) until the end of the season, would be forced to report to St James’ Park with a cobbled-together hinge, which could be Jakub Kiwior and Rob Holding.
But, Tuesday evening, the Spanish manager was still far from these considerations, declaring all smiles after the meeting, about the chances of his team to be crowned champion: “We have four games left to play and we are leading the Championship”. For less than 24 hours probably…