Well it might not have been pretty or anything like the most fluent and creative Arsenal performance of recent years, but did we really expect anyhting other than a battle against the Chelsea side managed by Jose Mourinho? The main thing is that Arsenal won the game and ended Arsene Wenger;s long run of games without a win over his arch rival.
We can only hope that this will have a bearing on the Premier League season to come and the way the Gunners dug in and matched Chelsea physically, along with the undoubted creative and goal scoring ability that has been our hallmark for years, gives me great belief that we really can end our wait for the title as well.
The first half goal scored by Oxlade-Chamberlain was an absolute pearler, driving into the box after Walcott’s assist, beating his man and samshing past Courtois. We had other chances to score as well, with Giroud, Ramsey, Cazorla and Gibbs all coming close but Chelsea missed a few as well, most notably with Ramires heading over an open goal.
Chelsea pressed hard for an equalizer but Arsenal stood firm and Petr Cech made a few key saves as well as exuding confidence to our defenders. Come On You Gunners, that was well played and completes a perfect pre-season that has seen us lift three trophies. Now can we add the Premier League to our cabinet?