Two loses in the first two league games of the season see Arsenal second from bottom of the premier league. Clearly quality is lacking in the Gunners’ defensive side although the back four were provided little to no protection by the holding men in midfield. This is by no means an indictment to the performance of Xhaka and Lokonga after all it is the coach’s job to change staff or formation when things go south. Lukaku, who was a his usual bullying best, marking his premier league return to Chelsea with tap in goal with just 15 minutes on the clock. Reece James had a BIG game on the right side of midfield in a 3-5-2, knowing well that he had competent cover behind him in the form of Cesar Azpilicueta. Should Leno have done better to cut out the square ball from James? It’s coming at him with pace and it bobbling to be fair to him and Holding probably thought he had it covered as well so tricky.
The Chelsea following will be glad to see Ziyech back after the shoulder injury he suffered in the game against Villarreal. The depth in the Blues’ squad is now at an astounding level they had to bench international players like Werner, Kante, Zouma and Chilwell making them one of the three favorites for the premier title this season. James again found himself in acres on the right in minute number 35 to slam home past Leno to put a bit of buffer between them and the home side. Tierney looked as though he didn’t know whether to remain on the left side of the Arsenal defense or come inside in the end he did neither.Arsenal have been badly hit by Covid and will have some hope for the upcoming game again CHAMPIONS Man City with Aubameyang back , coming on as a second half sub. Saka who was also making a return to the starting 11 had a genuine penalty shout waived off when he seemingly got tripped by James. The ref and VAR ruling that it was an accidental coming together. Second half Chelsea strolled to victory whilst Arsenal didn’t offer much in the way of attack, Saka had the best effort testing Mendy’s reflexes. Finally if you pull the save that Leno pulled against the header by Lukaku later in the match , you would have redeemed some of your clout no doubt.