Well what can you say about this game, definitely a lot more exciting than the Man City game! It started quite similarly to our pre-season friendly with Chelsea going for all out attack and their pressure paid off in just 9 minutes as just after Arsenal got their first chance when Ozil shot past the post, Pedro was straight down the other end and got his shot perfectly in Cech’s bottom corner.
We are all hoping that Unai Emery learned a lot about his team from Arsenal’s defeat to Man City last week, and also hoping that his players have understood a bit more about how he wants them to play. There will still be a lot of experimentation until he gets to know his best team. As Emery said himself: “First, we want to build a competitive team. We are going to play away but we need to keep our personality, keep our mentality, because I think on Sunday against Manchester City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes, even when we were losing, and didn’t let [their heads] go down. That was a good thing, [despite] us losing 2-0. I want us to continue with this work and to be competitive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively. We want a good preparation before and a good response on the pitch to that preparation.”
All Arsenal fans are very excited in Unai Emery’s arrival, and fully expect the Spaniard to introduce big changes to get the Gunners to be challenging for the Top Four once again. And it is even more pleasing when we hear the players are also excited about the changes and are feeling more and more positive that Emery will turn things around. Listen to what Shkrodan Mustafi had to say about his new boss. “I quite like the idea that the coach has on how he wants to play,” he said on Arsenal.com.
So the big Arsenal clearout continues as the club has officially confirmed that three players have completed their moves to different Serie A clubs. Yesterday the The Napoli president Aurelio de De Laurentiis wasn’t so sure that they would sign David Ospina, but it has now been confirmed on the Arsenal website that a one-year loan deal had been finalised. They reported: Goalkeeper David Ospina has joined Serie A side Napoli on a season-long loan.
Arsenal take the short trip across London to visit Chelsea this afternoon knowing that they are going to have a tough time stopping Unai Emery become the first manager to lose the opening two League games in a very very long time! But both sides have new managers and new tactics for the players to learn so it could just depend on who are the quickest learners!
‘The Press’ tactic for AFC against Chelski by Tom
As Arsenal get ready to face Chelski today, I thought it would be a good time to ask some questions on the future outcome of the new work being implemented by Unai and his staff.
HENRIKH MKHITARYAN – IS HE THE AARON RAMSEY UNIA IS LOOKING FOR? by Nicholas Oyoo
We all saw Arsenal trying to put Unai Emery’s tactics into force last week by trying to retain possession against one of the best teams in Europe last week. The Spaniard has been concentrating on playing out from the back when in possession and playing the pressing game when we lose the ball. We can’t say it was totally successful as Man City are the masters of that tactic but we did see some improvement towards the end.