Many would argue that had Jose Mourinho been on the touch line for the Blues today, the results would have gone against Arsenal, but as far as some strings of superstition can be deduced from that statement, it might not have been so given how well the Gunners played today.
The north London side has never won a league game against a Mourinho-coached Chelsea. It never happened during his 2 stints at the west London side, but that record didn’t matter as they were in their element today, hammering the visiting team in what was a 5-star display. It could have been more than 3 nil if more chances were taken.
Cahill needs to get his act together
The England international has committed 2 errors resulting to goals this season and is slowing getting out of Conte’s good books.
Just like he hesitated before allowing Fer close down on him to get the equalizer against Swansea, the central back again made the same blunder to allow Sanchez pounce on him to get the opener despite having all the time in the world to make a decision.
That early goal sure had a psychological effect on both teams, and 2 other goals came in quick succession in the first half.
With Alonso and Ola Aina hoping to get a starting shirt, Cahill seems ready to hand it over real soon.
With a little more consistence, Sanchez can be like Ronaldo and Messi
Eyebrows were raised few weeks ago when Alexis Sanchez claimed he deems himself to be in the same level as Messi and Cr7.
The 2 are regarded to be in a class above every other player on the planet, and it looked blasphemous for the Chilean to have said that.
However, with the man-of-the-match display he gave against Chelsea as he engineered the defeat, he might just have moved a step closer to that topmost class.
After forcing Cahill’s blunder and subsequently getting a fine goal with a beautiful chip, the 27-year-old orchestrated one of the finest assists of the season, that resulted in the 3rd and Ozil’s goal with a loop over 2 players.
All evening long, he was a constant threat and torn in the flesh for Chelsea’s rearguard. The defenders sure were glad after he was removed as they had more space to breathe.
Since his time at Barcelona, the 2-time Copa America winner and player of the tournament has shown he possesses the talents to become a world beater.
With just more frequent showings like the one he displayed today, he sure can add a Ballon d’Or to his trophy cabinet.
Iwobi is Arsenal’s future
The teenager had one of his best performances in an Arsenal shirt as he barely put in a wrong foot against Chelsea.
His pass leading to the assist for the 2nd goal could only remind us of his big brother, Jay-Jay Okocha. It was a masterpiece, and we saw more of it.
He sure continues to prove why he deserves his starting spot, and given how he still has a lot of years to become better, one can only imagine how valuable he’d become to Arsenal in the near future.
We can always blame Arsene Wenger for the club’s mediocre campaigns in the last decade, but one of the great things he has done was to bring Alex Iwobi into the setup.