The plan last night was to take a little nap before putting my thoughts here on the blog but boom – it was 7am and I had to catch a ride to work. So here you go:
Arsenal kept their cool and got a point at Stamford Bridge for the first time in ages and it was a better performance compared to the last away trip in the Premier League – a 4-0 bashing at the hands of Liverpool. Can we just forget about that game and move on like an Ox
lade? Mustafi got the ball into the net towards the end of the game but it was ruled out for offside. Nearly. Ramsey was the man of the match – almost got a goal.
Arsenal kept a clean sheet at the Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2005. It was also the Gunners’ first away clean sheet of the season. Mustafi, Koscienly and Monreal held forth with Cech the last man that shielded the blues form grabbing a win. Cech had to deny Pedro who was played through on goal in the first half.
David Luiz saw red as he made a nasty challenge on Arsenal’s tank Kolasinac. The Brazilian should have been sent off earlier for his high boot on Koscienly’s face but he got his matching orders towards the end of the game. David Luiz joins Pedro and Victor Moses as recent Chelsea players to have seen red while playing against Arsenal. Who would recall when Costa got Gabriel red carded some years ago? As it seems, whenever Chelsea gets a red card against Arsenal, they fail to win the match. If it was earlier, maybe Arsenal may have won.
Arsenal’s point from the bridge came at a cost – Welbeck. The England international hurt his groin and had to be replaced by Olivier Giroud. It is reported that he will be out for 4-6 weeks. Can Welbeck be fit for a full season? With the season getting more busier now, Arsenal cannot afford to be short upfront. Does this mean that Alexis Sanchez will start the next Premier League game? Will Chuba Akpom be given a chance?
If there were Three Things from the 3-1 win over FC Koln, they would be
- How did Arsenal concede?
- Great stuff coming from a goal down to win 3-1
- What a mess from the Koln Fans
Well, FC Koln got charged. Arsenal were charged also.
The UEFA Champions League also began last week. There were goals but since Arsenal is not playing there this season, you can make do with the UCL Fantasy League.
Time to run along. The Carabao (League) Cup is next. Bring on Doncaster Rovers.
Time to finish off this Chicken wings and chips.