Arsenal collapse vs Chelsea
Arsenal and Chelsea faced off in Sunday’s early Premier League kick-off.
Both sides headed into the clash in pretty dismal form.
The Blues had found themselves on the end of a rather embarrassing 2-0 defeat vs Southampton at Stamford Bridge earlier this week whilst Arsenal had won just one of their last five league ties.
Chelsea also really needed to pick up all three points at the Emirates to maintain a Champions League place.
Frank Lampard’s side began the day just one point above 5th place Manchester United and three points above Sheffield United, who are in action later today.
It would be Arsenal who had the better of the opening exchanges on Sunday though.
Mikel Arteta appeared to have an almost impact on the Gunners with the North London outfit pressing well and looking much more aggressive vs Chelsea.
Arsenal would take the lead 13 minutes in thanks to their standout star, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, as the game wore on, Chelsea grew into the tie.
Chelsea would then equalise 83 minutes in before Tammy Abraham rescued all three points with his 87th-minute strike.
Highlights: Arsenal 1-Chelsea 2
On the overall balance of the game, Arsenal coming out of the tie with zero points does seem a bit harsh.
However, the Gunners were once again the architects of their own downfall.
Granted, Chelsea were putting on more pressure as the game went on. But Jorginho’s equaliser only came thanks to an Arsenal error.
As seen in the highlights above, Bernd Leno would fail to deal with a Chelsea free-kick, letting the ball fall to Jorginho who slotted into an open net.
After his blunder vs Chelsea, a rather worrying stat has come to light concerning the Arsenal shot-stopper.
Since the start of last season, Leno has made seven errors directly leading to an opposition goal in the Premier League, the most of any player.
7 – Bernd Leno has made seven errors directly leading to an opposition goal in the Premier League since the beginning of last season, the most of any player. Howler. pic.twitter.com/DSCYWYFrqW
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 29, 2019