With a bit more quality in the final third and a bit more accuracy in front of goal, Arsenal might well have stood a chance of ending Arsene Wenger’s miserable record against Jose Mourinho, with the Frenchman still to record a single victory over his Chelsea counterpart.
At least it was not a humiliation this time, although a 2-0 defeat continues the Gunners’ poor run of away games against the top sides. But it was a hugely different encounter to the Stamford Bridge mauling that we got in March. For long periods of the gamer, Arsenal matched the home side for energy and aggression, which is something I did not think would happen.
Perhaps it was the scuffle between the two managers on the touchline after Gary Cahill launched himself into a studs up lunge on Alexis Sanchez that convinced the Arsenal players to get stuck in. And they did that part of the game well, it was just a shame that we then lacked our usual sharpness going forward.
Part of the reason for that is that Chelsea have a well drilled and very strong team that defends from the front, but our passing and decision making was lacking at the crucial times. Mesut Ozil was particularly at fault as the German once again looked out of sorts and struggled to have any influence. If we could just get both parts of the game going at the same time, we might even start winning some of the big games.