In his whole 21 years at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has never seen his side beaten in the Third Round of the FA Cup before and although he feels very ‘hurt’ by the result, he admits that the team he picked were simply not as good as Nottingham Forest today. “I am very disappointed by our performance because Nottingham Forest were the better team out there, the most dangerous and won many challenges,” he said on Arsenal.com.
Arsene Wenger was very brave to make so many changes in our first defence of our FA Cup trophy, and it certainly evened up the quality of the side. In fact in the first 15 minutes it was Nottingham Forest that were creating all the chances and they came pretty close in the first 10 minutes.
Arsene Wenger may only want to talk about referees after any game nowadays, but in fact Arsenal simply cannot win a game anyway and if Alvaro Morata had taken any of his chances Chelsea would have won this game in canter. But other than that the game was very attacking from both sides and exciting to watch and in the end a draw was a fair result for me.
Arsenal came out fighting in the second half of the Chelsea game today and when Jack Wilshere put us ahead it looked like the Blues were on the ropes and the Gunners were pushing hard for the second goal to put the game to bed. But Chelsea were given a penalty which Eden Hazard obviously scored and our local rivals were suddenly back in the game.
The second half started just as fast-paced as the first half and it looks like another exciting 45 minutes and Wilshere had a great call for a free kick on the edge of the Chelseas box but the ref said no, and suddenly Alonso was crossing straight into Cech’s box but the keeper was equal to it. Arsenal then went on the front foot and were finding each other and were definitely on the uppers for the first 15 minutes and it looks like we are the most likely to score.
Arsenal started well and were pushing Chelsea back. Our first big chance came quickly as Lacazette got a lucky free kick but Sanchez put it onto the head of one of Chelseas wall. But Chelsea came back into the game and somehow Morata was left one-on-one but incredibly put the ball well wide of the post. Two minutes later and Chelsea again got intoCech’s box but the ex-Chelsea keeper smothered it well.
Sorry for putting up the player ratings a bit late but there was some little party that got in the way lol. Not that I was in the mood to celebrate after seeing Arsenal drop yet another two points in the dire game at West Brom, where we would have been very lucky to win, but in the end were even unluckier not to win. To be honest it was a dire performance no matter how jaded Wenger keeps saying they are.
With 90 minutes gone of Arsenal’s game at West Brom it looked as if Arsenal fans were going to get a happy end of year party with 3 points in the bag, but Mike Dean whistled for a penalty that not even the West Brom players bothered shouting for. The ball was kicked at Calum Chambers from about a foot away and the Englishman had absolutely no chance of avoiding the ball hitting his hand, but astonishingly Dean blew his whistle.