Chelsea fans got a major taste of what Sarriball entails as the Blues ran out 3:2 winners over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues started the game on a high by racing into a 2 goal lead through Pedro and Alvaro Morata. However, the Gunners didn’t just come to Stamford Bridge to view the scenery.
The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed sitters for Arsenal before Chelsea established a 2 goal lead.
However, they rallied back and scored twice through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi. The Blues now had a game on their hands but they would respond in style.
It was an exciting game and there are some points that were taken from the game:
1. Kepa Arrizabalaga is still shaky; No thanks to his most expensive goalkeeper tag.
The Spaniard came under fire from Arsenal’s attack. He was up to the task until he was beaten at his near post by a well taken shot from Mkhitaryan.
The goalie was at fault for conceding the first against Arsenal but can’t be blamed for Arsenal’s second.
The goalie is still very young but has to start inspiring confidence in his defence. Still a decent goalkeeper though.
2. Marcos Alonso was both hero and villain
The Gunners exploited Marcos Alonso’s wings severally through square balls. One might still need to remind the full-back who could easily pass for a winger that he’s no more a wing-back but a left-back.
His propensity for those attacking runs and poor awareness in defence left Chelsea exposed. No surprises all 2 goals and the majority of Arsenal’s chances came from his position.
However, Marcos Alonso provided the assist for Chelsea and was a god when he popped up with Chelsea’s third and the winner of the day.
3. Chelsea were relentless with Sarriball
Chelsea dominated Arsenal in almost every aspect of the game. The Blues outplayed the Gunners in possession, chances created and shots taken.
What was more satisfying was that the Blues persisted with Sarri’s system and didn’t opt for a conservative approach when Arsenal were on the ascendancy.
Chelsea played beautiful, attacking, and pattern-oriented footie and it paid off in the end.
4. Pedro is like a fish that has found water
Maurizio Sarri’s style of play appears similar to the system at Barcelona and Pedro is apparently benefitting from the system.
Pedro has now scored twice in 3 games. Although he might never get back to the form of his good old Barcelona days, he’ll surely be a thorn in the flesh of the opposition under Sarri this season.
5. N’golo Kante is the free roamer
Who enjoys seeing Kante popping up in those attacking positions? The Frenchman has a new role which sees him contribute to Chelsea’s attacks.
He gave the Gunners some reasons to be careful in defence as he strove to be at the end of good crosses, whilst looking to initiate some decent attacking moves.