I think that yesterday’s game at Stamford Bridge was one of the most exciting 0-0 draws I have seen for some time, and although we had quite a few chances I believe that one point apiece was a fair result in the end, but the Arsenal wing-back Hector Bellerin is disappointed that we didn’t take all three points of Chelsea after he created a couple of good chances in the first half, and Skhodran Mustafi is unhappy he had his disallowed goal!
The German international said: “I saw someone behind me, so I thought I wasn’t offside. I knew I started a bit early, but I know as a defender it’s hard to stay in one line, so you get some going early, some a bit later. I thought if I start a split-second early, I might get this advantage. I got it but unfortunately the man behind me was Sead and no one from the Chelsea team. I was really unhappy with that but it was offside.”
Fair comment from Mustafi, but Bellerin was seriously not happy with just one point. He said after the whistle: “I’m disappointed because we had chances to win the game,”
“To be fair they had a few as well, but I think if we would have been efficient at the beginning of the game it would have been completely different with the chances we had.
“Obviously we know it’s a hard venue to come to and we can’t really be that disappointed with a point because it was well-fought by both teams, but the fact that we thought we could have come away with a win was disappointing.”
Our performance was alarmingly better than our two previous away games, but Hector thinks that the team is now back on track. “Sometimes there’s games that are not going your way and that doesn’t mean the team is not good enough. We’ve had a few good results in the past week, we’ve got the confidence back and were ready to beat Chelsea. It wasn’t to be, but I think we have to take a lot of positives from the game.”
I couldn’t see anything but positives! To go away to the home of the Champions and come away with a well-deserved point augurs very well for our season. As Bellerin said, the Gunners have got their confidence back and now there is only one way to go from here. Onwards and Upwards!