The Arsenal-Chelsea clash gave birth to a goalless draw (0-0). With ten points ahead of City and Arsenal four days from the end of the Championship, the Blues can see the title tender their arms.Of course, since his defeat at Tottenham (3-5) on January 1st, sparkling Chelsea gave way to a more calculator Chelsea.
Certainly, Chelsea no longer packs the matches as it did earlier in the season. But the facts are there. Unbeaten since that setback in the Premier League thirteen games ago, the Blues whiz straight to the coronation in England.
Author of a draw at the Emirates Stadium (0-0) this Sunday afternoon, Jose Mourinho’s men have ten steps ahead of Manchester City and their host of the day. And we cannot imagine what could go wrong four days from the end of the Championship, and while they still have one more game to play. Arsène Wenger’s men did their best to undermine their opponents.
In the first half, Arsenal pressed and pressed Chelsea, But if Sanchez and Özil have placed some banderillas, it is the Blues who created the biggest opportunities in this first act. After fifteen minutes of play, Bellerin deflected right before the goal line a perfect lob over Oscar Ospina. An action at the outcome of which the playmaker was severely hit by the keeper. Then it’s Ramires who lacked power and accuracy to deceive the Colombian at point blank.
After the break, Jose Mourinho decided to use Didier Drogba, instead of Oscar. But it is especially at the rear, where three of his players have been named in the team deviation of the year, that Chelsea was once more impressive. It’s simple, the Blues have never really trembled, including on the out part strike of Mertesacker and Welbeck’ miss late in the game. Arsene Wenger tried to move to a more offensive option by launching the English instead of Coquelin before replacing Giroud by Walcott. But nothing seemed to work.
Chelsea players could very well let their joy burst at the final whistle.The first period was marked by two penalties not whistled, one on each side. Crashed into the surface by Cazorla, Fabregas couldn’t finish his acion and fell to the ground. But the Blue collected a yellow card for simulation. Eleven minutes later, this time it’s Cazorla, offset by Bellerin, who saw his strike diverted by the arm off Gary Cahill. If it was just a tackle, it has stopped the ball’s race towards the goal.
This may seem unlikely, but that is indeed the case. Arsene Wenger has never dominated Jose Mourinho in thirteen confrontations. The French coach bowed seven times in front of his Portuguese counterpart, and has only obtained the zero six times.