Chelsea v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: March 16, 2014 4.00 PM BST
A shocking display to mark Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game, and the players should be ashamed of their display in all honesty. I am usually the last to criticise too harshly, but if the players can’t turn up for a game of this magnitude, then there is something seriously wrong.
Arsenal started off sloppily, giving the ball away in midfield. Despite the poor start Giroud had a great chance, Rosicky playing Giroud in on goal. He scuffed his shot though, making it an easier save than it should have been for Cech.
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Chamberlain then gave the ball away in midfield, setting Chelsea off on the counter. Schurrle charged towards goal, the fullbacks nowhere to be seen. He set up Eto’o, who curled the ball past Szczesny. 1-0 Chelsea.
Moments later, Cazorla repeated the mistake, giving the ball away in midfield and starting a counter attack. Again Gibbs had gone missing down the left, Schurrle this time shooting himself, Szczesny misjudging the shot and staying rooted to the spot. 2-0 Chelsea.
We went a few minutes without a goal after that, but Chelsea were completely dominating, Arsenal looking shaky every time the home side got the ball, the Gunners passing some of the worst all season.
The third goal came though, when a Hazard shot was hand balled in the area by Chamberlain. The referee appeared not to see it, and neither did the linesman, but the Chelsea players certainly let him know, and he eventually pointed to the spot. The ball was going wide, so whether it should have been a red or not was a matter of some debate. But what happened next was absolutely ludicrous. The referee produced the red card, but not for Chamberlain; instead showing Gibbs the card.
The Arsenal players protested as Gibbs walked off in disbelief, Chamberlain himself explaining to the referee that it was he who handballed it. The ref was having none of it however, the red card standing, Hazard stepping up and slotting the penalty down the middle. 3-0.
Arsenal were then left disillusioned, and were playing even worse. It was clearly just a matter of time before the next goal came, and when it did eventually come just before half time, it was Oscar who grabbed it. Torres did well to get away from the centre backs, slotting it in for Oscar to tap in from close range. A shocking half, down to ten men, and 4-0 behind.
Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs
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