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Chelsea were hoping to get a win against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday but could only get a draw in that game.

Chelsea legend Pat Nevin believes that the game at some point needed the bust and tricks of Eden Hazard to bring spark to Chelsea’s attack.

He wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website: “It was in many respects a game for the connoisseurs, or chin-strokers if you are going to be less kind. The match-ups around the pitch led to what was in the end a classic stalemate. At times like that you need something different or something special and Eden Hazard’s cameo at the end showed us precisely what that was. For all that it has been a good run since the beginning of the season, it is times like these when you fully appreciate what Eden brings to the table. You can match up all over the pitch as much as you like but if someone dances past three players, your system and structure is smashed.

“A fully fit Eden is probably what was needed on this specific occasion and I reckon that even though we only got to see a few of his dribbles and runs, it was quite a considerable step forward from his short appearance against Qarabag. You will doubtless have heard it a million times from ex-players but the only way to truly get match fitness is of course to play matches, preferably full matches in a competitive environment.

“Against Qarabag, I could see that Eden knew exactly what to do but the explosive power was not quite there after going past the first couple of opponents. Fortunately, that will come back quickly and I for one am hoping that 90 minutes against Nottingham Forest tomorrow evening might just do the trick.”

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