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Chelsea slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and it was a game where the team’s performance was below par.

Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal 14 minutes into the game, as the Arsenal forward dribbled past the defence to fire the ball past a hapless Kepa Arrizabalaga. Chelsea started the game poorly and failed to recover for the rest of the clash.

Chelsea were unable to test Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno all through the first half and it was easy for the goalkeeper with Alonso registering our only shot on target late in the game.

Alonso revealed that the team made a lot of mistakes in the first-half which led to the defeat.

“We made silly mistakes,” he said.

“We provoked them to gain confidence and come to press us because we were making mistakes. In the second half we tried but it was too late and we couldn’t score.

“When you lose, you learn. We have to analyse the game and improve quickly because there is no time to think. We have to perform again in four days.”

Former Tottenham forward Jermaine Jenas was critical of Chelsea’s performance and insisted that the team lacked direction.

He said: “Hazard was completely swamped. There’s too many sloppy moments from Chelsea.

“I don’t see any intent or direction. What’s the plan? They’ve got decent players but it’s not happening.”

Chelsea lost the opportunity to create a nine point gap ahead of Arsenal, and Alonso bemoaned the lost opportunity.

“It was a good opportunity,” acknowledged Alonso. “We wasted it and now we have to work even harder to stay in a Champions League position and win games. It has to motivate us.”

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