Matchday Musings: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea
Coming from an amazing win over Northern rivals Manchester City, Jose Mourinho has made a total of ten changes to his starting eleven, only keeping Gary Cahill in the defense from Sunday. Azpilicueta, Luiz and Bertrand were all new faces in front of veteran Mark Schwarzer’s net giving John Terry, Ashley Cole and Branislav Ivanovic a rest. Quite an interesting squad for Chelsea who travelled to Arsenal for the 4th round of the English cup. Obviously Mourinho has a method behind his madness as he secured his 200th victory as a manager for the Blues, staying strong during these past matches against the best in England.
Ozil and Giroud?
Arsene Wenger followed Mourinho’s mentality keeping his typical starting players on the bench including Mesut Ozil. Olivier Giroud was alongside Ozil only able to watch the match until his substitution later on. It was too late however. Chelsea managed to score the opening goal about half way through the first half and then later at the hour mark securing their victory. This repeat of the 2007 FA Cup final ended with a two goal Chelsea win again. Mesut Ozil did meet with his former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, exchanging his kit after the final whistle.
Cesar Azpilicueta Debut Goal
Part of the many new faces to the victorious Chelsea squad, Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta managed to score his first 2013/14 Chelsea goal. Joining the club last year, Azpilicueta has had a big role in the defensive line playing as a right back. Growing up, Azpilicueta (or ‘Dave’ as his mates call him) found his strong suit in the midfield only later being introduced to right back. A brilliant switch for the the 24-year-old who cleverly shot the ball around Arsenal keeper Fabianski.
Mata Secures Chelsea Advancement
Azpilicueta’s opening goal gave the entire squad the motivation needed to push forward and ultimately win the match. Juan Mata, who has sat on the bench for a majority of the season, walked on to the pitch first tonight ready to prove his worth to Mourinho. Chelsea have so many match fit starters that they are almost spoiled for choice when the starting eleven are decided. A perfectly stricken ball crossing over Fabianski’s right shoulder gave Chelsea a 2-0 lead and eventually the win. Mata’s first goal of the season could not have come any sooner as Chelsea are now confirmed to advance to the 5th round of the Capitol One Cup.
Has Arsenal’s Streak Come To An End?
Arsenal have led the Premier League for many weeks, standing at 23 points now and have been the dominant English club thus far. Though this match was not part of the Premier League, it is a great insight as to what the score may be when they face each other again on December 23rd. As mentioned before both teams did lack their usual starting players, but it does raise the question, has Arsenal’s streak come to an end? Odds are, this defeat will boost their morale and training regime, dying for a win in their next match against Liverpool. A win that Wenger must get to maintain their first place position in which Liverpool or Chelsea can easily steal.