Chelsea were certainly backed into a corner coming into Week Six. Languishing at the bottom half of the table, Chelsea needed to put together quite the performance, and what a beautiful performance it was.
The Blues came out hard against Arsene Wagner’s Gunners and didn’t hesitate for a moment to get right into the hard-tackling fast-pace that EPL fans have come to know and love. Fans were treated to phenomenal movement of the ball between Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, and Cesc Fabregas. The Blues had plenty of quality chances, but no goals recorded in the first half. Arsenal would lose Gabriel after an altercation with Diego Costa that resulted in both men first receiving a yellow card, but Gabriel would lash out again, leaving referee Mike Dean with no other choice but to send him to the side-line.
The second half would see Chelsea’s labors come to fruition early when in the 53rd minute Kurt Zouma would magnificently nod in a cross from Fabregas past former Chelsea legend Petr Cech. Even more fantastic is that the header marks Zouma’s first goal in the EPL while playing for Chelsea.
Arsenal would lose another player when Cazorla committed a poor tackle on Fabregas, resulting in the Gunners being reduced to nine men for the rest of the match. Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s stand-out from 2014-2015 would put the game to rest with a dutiful strike in the ninetieth minute putting two up on the board to Arsenal’s nil.
The Blues have not lost to Arsenal in eight league match-ups, and have now won two in a row within four days. No one can deny they still have quite the ladder to climb, but their performance hints at the promise of a turn-around for last year’s league champions.