Chelsea came into the game against Arsenal knowing we had to win after Manchester United had beaten Brighton 2-1 earlier in the day to cut the gap with Chelsea to just three points.
A win against Arsenal would have seen us open a nine point advantage over the Gunners but the Blues lost 2-0 to Arsenal reducing our advantage over fifth place Arsenal to just three points. This was the second time in 14 outings that Arsenal have beaten Chelsea and you can’t doubt that they deserved it.
Arsenal started strongly against Chelsea and their early dominance paid off with Alexandre Lacazette opening the scoring after 13 minutes. The Gunners made it 2-0 before half time as Chelsea failed to deal with a free-kick.
Chelsea never really threatened Arsenal throughout the game and it is a game Chelsea fans would want to forget quickly.
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed after the defeat to Arsenal that he was extremely angry with the mentality of the players against Arsenal. According to Sarri, Arsenal were more determined than Chelsea just like the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham.
“I have to say that I am extremely angry because this defeat was about our mentally,” Sarri said.
“They were far more determined than we were, I can’t accept. It was similar to Spurs, I spoke to the players and I thought it was solved. I want to talk about the tactics but it would appear that this group of players are very difficult to motivate.
“From a technical point of view both teams were on the same sort of level, but they had a higher level of determination in both penalty areas, so tactics don’t come into it.”
Asked why he can’t motivate the players, Sarri added: “It is a difficult question to answer. It seems that they are not aggressive from a mental view, that is down to their characteristics and it is difficult to change.
“You have to influence them, it could be about a new player coming in or one of the old heads taking control.”
Truth be told, Chelsea have struggled in recent games before the defeat at Arsenal. Chelsea came into the game against Arsenal having dropped five points in our last five league games and scoring just five goals in that time.
We have complained about how poor our strikers have been (Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud) but how many chances are being created for our forwards. Olivier Giroud came on against Arsenal but no crosses were being delivered to take advantage of his aerial strength.
Marcos Alonso has struggled since the loss at Tottenham early this season but still continues to start while Jorginho, poor again against Arsenal, still remains a favourite of Sarri. Callum Hudson-Odoi isn’t being given much game time despite the inconsistent forms of Pedro and Willian upfront.
Sarri shouldn’t just be angry with the players, he also needs to be brave and make big decisions. Time is running out for Chelsea and Sarri needs to act now.