Chelsea defeat Arsenal 1 – 0

August 22nd, 2005 by Ciarán Leave a reply »

Chelsea welcomed Arsenal to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and managed to take the three points thanks to a lucky goal from Drogba. Arsenal had significantly more possession, but lacked the ability to produce results in the final third. Freddie Ljungberg was substituted off after injuring himself on an advertising hoarding. He has undergone initial scans since that look positive, but is on crutches for the moment. Henry seemed to go missing, which may have been due to Chelsea’s tactic of defending deep with numbers. But Arsenal lacked imagination and played too narrowly.

The season is not over by any means, despite what many pundits are saying. Arsenal will still be challenging for the title come May. But the psychological effect of two defeats to Chelsea in 15 days may mirror the effect of Manchester United stopping Arsenal’s unbeaten run last season. A full match report can be found here at Arsenal.com.

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