The biggest soccer game of the day was televised early in the US at 7:45am. I was eager and happy to wake up for such an anticipated battle.
Chelsea made the short trip across town to the North London side to play Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. Both teams went into this game undefeated for the season. This match was said to be a true test to see if Arsenal’s excellent form of late would be good enough to consider them a title contender.
From the start, Chelsea was on the attack with a very quick pace and retained control and possession most of the match. Arsenal’s defending was tested often but the Gunners kept damages to a minimum, closing the half with a score of 1-1. Goals by both Fernando Torres and an equalizer by Arsenal winger Gervinho made it a nail biter for those up early enough to watch it live.
The second Chelsea goal was scored on a free kick by David Luiz. The ball took a deflection off Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny just outside the net. Goalkeeper Vito Mannone misjudged the ball and allowed the go-ahead goal around the 60th minute.
Arsenal kept up the pressure, clearly believing and wanting an equalizer, but Chelsea’s defending was just too good.
Chelsea finished sixth in the league last year, but I predict they won’t repeat that again. Manager Roberto Di Matteo has inherited a talented and threatening team. With the likes of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard and a very in-form Fernando Torres, Chelsea’s front line will give the Manchester sides a run for their money, pun intended. Overall, a solid game for Chelsea and they wholeheartedly deserved the win.
If this was a test for the Gunners, they obviously failed, but they didn’t look completely weak or dominated by Chelsea. As an Arsenal fan, I still believe my team can compete for the title but we have work to do. It’s still early in the season and many new players have yet to live up to their potential. Both teams will certainly be exciting to watch as the season unfolds. COYG!