Chelsea looks for redemption in Arsenal rematch

Chelsea, after their tough draw against Liverpool in their last encounter, will again meet a quality side in the form of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny (R) cuts out a through ball intended for Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (L) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on February 4, 2017.

While the result is bad enough, it's the nature of Arsenal's performance that has enraged supporters.

"I understand [that Wenger thought it was a foul]". And when you lose three finals of the CL and you win only one, I think you have a great hunger, also during my experience as a footballer I won a title with eight points more and before four games at the end, and another time I lost in the same way. Fans took to Twitter to share their view on the situation...

Then there's Arsenal, who were at the height of their powers in the first half of that September game against Chelsea.

The score was 3-3 with 10 minutes remaining when Van Persie pounced on a slip by Chelsea captain John Terry to put Arsenal in front in the 85th minute, before the Dutchman completed his hat-trick in stoppage time.

"After that we're 1-0 down and Chelsea is very strong at defending, very good at transitions and on the counter-attack, and we paid for that". Instead, the Chelsea boss prefers to celebrations brief and immediately shift concentration onto the upcoming away match against Burnley, who hold the league's third-best home record and have yet to actually lose in 13 home Premier League games (6 wins, 7 draws).

"We lost many balls in positions where you can not afford to lose it when you play against a team good on counterattack", Wenger said.

CHELSEA are threatening to turn what could have been a six-way hunt for the title into a one-team procession. Pedro created more chances than in any previous game this season.

Against Liverpool, Kante was literally everywhere on the pitch and it was mostly due to his insane tackling and intercepting that Chelsea went home with one point.

Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea's 3-1 win over Arsenal but was he given too much freedom by the visitors? He's a really, really good, talented player. He saw his team playing as individuals, with the wrong attitude, the wrong balance and with no identity. No league title has been won in that time and the only change is that, after back-to-back defeats, the risk of missing out on the top four is growing. We had a two-goal deficit and suddenly we had an opponent who was full of confidence and they made it very hard.

  • Rosalie Stanley