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Arsenal Slips to Third After 2-1 Loss Against Chelsea

didier drogba Arsenal Slips to Third After 2 1 Loss Against ChelseaIt wasn’t the greatest of games, but the end result deals a massive blow to Arsenal’s title hopes and boosts Chelsea’s chances of giving Manchester United a run for the money.

The first half was poor with both sides unable to make their all-important final touches count. Drogba knocked the ball too far in front of him with his thighs. Arsenal was untypically errant with their passes. Kalou whiffed the ball in front of the Arsenal net. And the mistakes from both sides went on and on.

In the second half, both team’s nerves settled and the quality of football on the pitch improved. Drogba had a terrific second half and it’s wonderful to see him back showing his glimpses of brilliance. Sagna’s header that opened the scoring was exquisite and a perfect example of a training ground move.

While Chelsea didn’t play their best football, I was very disappointed with Arsenal’s lack of imagination when they moved forward. Too many times, the Gunners pushed the ball to the wingers. But, time after time, Chelsea did a superb job at either blocking the cross or preventing Arsenal from knocking the ball in from the wing.

Defensively, Chelsea was brilliant. The Blues did an excellent job at getting behind the ball and providing Arsenal with few options when going forward. Just like Arsenal’s draw against Middlesbrough, the Gunners were unable to break down a crowded defense.

While Arsenal isn’t officially out of the running for the Premier League title, the Gunners will find it very difficult to make up the six points difference between them and first place Man United. Concentrating on the Champions League may be Arsenal’s best chance of silverware this season.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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2 Responses to Arsenal Slips to Third After 2-1 Loss Against Chelsea

  1. chad says:

    great comeback for chelsea…but it’s worrying that the goal they conceded was once again off of a set-piece…and drogba, their savior today, is strongly rumored to be leaving in the off-season

    title race on

  2. Patrick says:

    what no mention of just how fickle CFC supporters are… They start to chant for Jose and tell their present manager that they believe that he doesn’t know what he’s doing … here is your humble pie eat it Chelsea. smack your celery on your own ass.

    just a sad excuse for support.

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