Chelsea played out an interesting goalless draw against bitter rivals Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and it wasn’t the kind of result the Chelsea fans were hoping for.
Chelsea legend Pat Nevin in his column in the official Chelsea website revealed his thoughts from the game, from Chelsea’s good start in the first-half to how Arsenal ended the half strongly and then how the introduction of Tiemoue Bakayako sealed Chelsea’s midfield.
He wrote: “There was a certain disappointment on Sunday when the team didn’t secure the three points against Arsenal. Maybe it was the fact that up until David Luiz saw red the Blues we getting an ever-stronger grip on the game and Arsenal had clearly settled for nothing more than a point. There was, however, something else and then of course I realised what it was. A game had finished 0-0 and Chelsea generally do not do scoreless draws.
“As a double doughnut game goes, this was certainly one of the better ones. There was always intrigue and the upper hand changed throughout. Chelsea started well but Arsenal managed to finish the first half stronger. For the second half, Antonio Conte spotted the growing problem and with Pedro injured, introduced Tiemoue Bakayoko and all but nullified Arsenal’s threat in an instant.
“We pretty much know that Antonio will quickly see a tactical problem and move to do something about it. Once again his change had the desired effect of stiffening up the midfield and wrestling back dominance and control. Arsenal had a little flurry at the end briefly, but that was more to do with the extra man.”