Chelsea 2-0 over Arsenal: The Most Encouraging Game for the Gunners this Season

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Chelsea 2-0 over Arsenal: The Most Encouraging Game for the Gunners this Season
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Cech's importance to Chelsea's win should not be ignored

A scoreline expected by all. A Drogba goal and a wonderful Alex free kick. Despite this, it's one of the best Arsenal performances for a long time. But for Chamakh's accuracy, we could have been up in the 26th second.

Fabianski was excellent this match, some important saves coupled with one goal that only the best would save, and another the best wouldn't. He's really grown in confidence and can hold his head high after that game.

The defence weren't torn apart. Two goals may suggest otherwise but the defensive line impressed me considering the opposition. A few mistakes were well seen to by Fabianski and Koscielny mostly impressed.

The commentators have talked about "the same old story for Arsenal." I think this game shows something completely different. A confident and excellent goalie met with a mostly solid back four. Sagna really impressed early on, but saw a couple of knocks that seemed to rattle out the excellence to be replaced with just being good. Clichy played exceptionally well for the first time this season and there was little luck down his flank for Chelsea. He added attacking options and gave a real boost down the left.

Again and again, Wilshere is showing he is ready for the big league now. Very strong performance and he can only get better.  

Song wasn't the best for me. Not the same as he was last season just yet. Needs to improve very quickly.

The game was tight. It was very close, Chelsea weren't comfortable until the 85th minute of the game and there were chances that could have seen them ripped apart.

We were the better side. Undeniably, we created the most chances and held the midfield balance of power. Chelsea almost played like an inferior side today. Defend and hope to catch them on the break. It worked, but only just. 

Our injury list—Robin Van Persie, Fabregas, Vermaelen, Walcott, Bendtner, Almunia, Ramsey, and Gibbs—shows why this, while not a good result, was a good game. If Arsenal had RVP, Fabregas, Vermaelen, and Walcott, it's fair to say the side would have at least taken a point.

Overly optimistic? Not at all. There was no gulf in class despite missing so many first-team starters. I'm looking forward to the reverse fixture and, assuming the injury situation improves at least a little bit, I predict Arsenal to win.

Would that performance have been good enough to beat any other team in the EPL? Yes, it would and that's why I'm happy.

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