Face the Reality: Arsenal Can't Beat Chelsea Unless Drogba Retires!
Arsenal again failed to overcome the Blues after playing well for most part at Stamford Bridge. It was the same old story. The Gunners passed the ball better than Chelsea and kept possession considerably well. However, they couldn't score, which matters the most, and never really threatened the Chelsea goal.
Arsene Wenger's side lacked the cutting edge. On top of that, they were poor defensively, which again kick-starts the same old problem of lack of quality centre-backs.
Wenger had paid in excess of £13m to secure the services of Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny during the summer, but they haven't played anywhere near that level to justify the fortune spent on them.
Squillaci, in particular, doesn't look like he has got the firepower to charge Arsenal's defence. He was incredibly poor, and if it wasn't for born-again Keeper Lukasz Fabianski's brilliance, Arsenal could have found themselves in deeper trouble just because of Squillaci's individual errors.
Koscielny was slightly better but nowhere near the class of Arsenal. He also missed a sitter in the opening minutes which was harder to miss than score. He needs a solid defender to partner with which is certainly not Squillaci.
Going forward, Arsenal's attack lacked the shine and teeth to unsettle the solid backline of Chelsea. Marouane Chamakh was a constant threat from air but his touch always let him down. Arsenal played well in the midfield but nothing exciting or terrifying in the final-third.
Arsenal were not outplayed by Chelsea by any stretch of imagination. When you play against tougher opponents, you have to take those half chances and have to be disciplined at the back. Arsenal couldn't do the same which explains why they lost.
And not so surprisingly, it was Didier Drogba who opened the scoring once AGAIN! Chelsea's poor finishing coupled with great saves from Fabianski gave the Gunners slim hopes of a late equalizer. The game was finally put to bed when Alex smashed a thunderbolt into the top corner from a free-kick conceded by Koscielny.
Arsenal's Gael Clichy and Fabianski had a very good game. Most others also had a respectable game but not good enough to beat a team like Chelsea.
Will Wenger and fans be satisfied with this performance? Yes, definitely.
But Will they be satisfied with the result? No, never.
Without achieving results against top sides, Wenger shouldn't simply boat of his side's beautiful style of play and how their possession game is appreciated all across Europe.
His side once again showcased pleasing football but did they score? No. And that is more important. If you really want to be No. 1 then you have to beat the best side. You can't do that by not scoring goals. What matters the most is how you fare against teams who are on par with you, and not how many you score against relegation-threatened teams.
Arsenal now find themselves at fourth in the League table after seven games and already are seven points behind Chelsea, who are topping the table. That makes the game at the City of Manchester Stadium in two weeks time all the more important. If Arsenal fail to collect all three points against Manchester City, then virtually Wenger can bid adieu to the title hopes.
At the end of the day, you would wonder whether Arsenal will ever beat Chelsea with Drogba leading the Blues attack. Drogba just can't stop scoring against Arsenal, and he might want to play against the same team week in, week out.
You can't complain about Drogba's greed. Every striker wants to score goals. Drogba might have an impression that he wouldn't get a better defence than Arsenal's to breach with so much ease!
Now Arsenal can hatch plans to dismantle weaker opponents once they are back from the International break.
Arsenal were not expected to win against Chelsea and even a point would have been a bonus. They have got what they deserved.
Arsenal also had their fair share of injuries with five of the regular starters out on the treatment table. So that made the already daunting task look all the more tough and improbable.
It's also important to note that with Squillaci-Koscielny partnership at the back, Arsenal aren't going to win that many games against quality opponents. Just wait for Wenger's take on the game.
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