Didier Drogba Leads Chelsea to A Simple Three Points Against Arsenal

Mary O'SheaSenior Writer INovember 29, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates scoring his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Three more points for Chelsea and what looks like another season of woe for Arsenal in the English Premier League as the Pensioners overcame the Gunners with relative ease at The Emirates.

Arsenal started the game well, running at Chelsea and creating half-chances. However, none of these chances were capitalised on as the Arsenal players seemed afraid to take any shot in anger.

Carlo Ancelotti's men dealt easily with anything thrown at them while Drogba and Anelka caused continual problems at the back with their pace and power.

The sucker punch came as a double whammy shortly before half-time as a combination of Drogba and terrible defending lead to the home side's undoing.

If Arsene Wenger didn't realise he had problems before, he surely must now.

Up front, Eduardo Da Silva was all at sea. The Gunners badly missed the influence of Robin Van Persie who they somehow must do without for most of the season.

Andrey Arshavin played well for the opening twenty minutes before looking decidedly disinterested once again.

Making only his second start of the season, Samir Nasri floated in and out of the game and has to take his share of the blame for letting Ashley Cole free to swing in the two killer crosses.

Bacary Sagna had another day to forget as his defending was average and attacking threat awful.

Twice the Frenchman failed to close down Cole who swung in two crosses that most strikers dream about.

Didier Drogba showed perfectly the benefits of having a powerful target man as he snuck in between Vermaelen and Gallas to slot home. 

The second goal came minutes later as once again Cole whipped in the ball, except this time Drogba was spared the effort of scoring as Vermaelen turned into his own net.

Why Manuel Almunia did not shout and come and collect is anyone's guess as first Gallas and then Vermaelen failed to clear.

Arsenal came out all guns blazing in the second half, but to no avail as Drogba put the nail in the coffin with a well taken free kick. Again Almunia has to be called into question as he moved to his right where the wall was covering.

If the result taught us anything it is that Arsenal cannot do the basics well and upon doing the basics Chelsea won. They defended well, played as a unit, whipped in balls, used their physical presence, and went home with three points.

Arsenal lacked any communication between goalkeeper and defence while any attack was played out in front of the Chelsea back-line who never looked threatened. 

The stats may tell you Arsenal had more possession, but it all counts for nothing if it is played out in the middle of the park. Chelsea were happy to take their chances as they came and looked like they had another gear in attack if needed.

Unlike Arsenal, Chelsea's two front men allowed them the opportunity to either play down the middle with cutting passes or else to whip in dangerous balls. 

With Eduardo, Vela, and Arshavin not known for their heading skills and all not tall or overly physical this was not an option for the Gunners and in the end they couldn't breach Chelsea's well organised unit.

Indeed, even if Arsenal had Nicklas Bendtner available there seems to be no player capable of whipping in a dangerous ball for Arsenal.

Bizarrely, at half-time, Wenger replaced Arsenal's only protection of the back four Alex Song with Theo Walcott who for a finish became invisible.

Carlos Vela came on for the ineffective Eduardo and created little although he had limited chances.

Samir Nasri was replaced by Tomas Rosicky all too late with the Czech having no chance to influence the game.

Perhaps it is now time for Arsene Wenger to stop with the excuses and start fixing the problems. This wasn't a freak result, you don't do the basics right, you don't deserve to win.

As for Chelsea, they look like the team to beat this season and Carlo Ancelotti should take pride in the unit he has created.

The Pensioners will be the team to beat come May while Arsenal now fall back into the group fighting for a Champions League place.

As it stands the Gunners are behind bitter rivals Tottenham albeit with a game in hand. Arsenal fans don't like losing the North London bragging rights, Arsene Wenger take note.


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