Article published on 2016-09-29 by ChelseaStats in The Statszone.
We once again look at @statszone for insight into our disappointing and streak ending loss to Arsenal.
Chelsea lined up with Fabregas instead of Oscar and I questioned this at the time, for me they are both ok footballers but they have different attributes against defensive teams that need picking open then Fabregas can be key, against attacking teams that like to pass then Oscar’s work rate, tackling and pressing in support of Costa can be important.
Fabregas was subbed off after 50 minutes with Chelsea already 3-0 down – which suggests that Conte’s plan had failed.
Ivanovic didn’t have the best of games, but his booking and late foul on the edge of the box looked like poor defending but he probably denied Arsenal another goal. Two of Arsenal’s assists came from the left hand side of our back line between David Luiz and Azpilicueta. Both fullbacks were set up defensively and didn’t push forward and thus there was a disconnect between attack, midfield and defence and Chelsea were overrun.
2-0 down inside 20 minutes effectively ended the contest. Cahill making a mistake, Kante making a mistake and general defensive woe were all punished.
Chelsea’s best effort came via a late Michy strike, the only other effort on target was a long range Azpilicueta strike which says it all really.