Arsenal have had a really bad season and still after the victory at Stamford Bridge, they are currently 8th in the table with 55 points and have numerically no chance to qualify for the Europa League this time around.
Mikel Arteta encouraged Emile Smith Rowe to add more goals to his game after he scored his first of the period in the Premier League in Sunday’s 3-1 success over West Brom. It appears to be the message landed.
After three days, the 20-year-old tracked down the net once more, his initial strike at Stamford Bridge demonstrating unequivocally as Arsenal combat their approach to three points against Chelsea.
The goal was no work of art – a scraped finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s scaled back – yet the manner by which he constrained the vital mistake from Jorginho summarized what he brings to this Arsenal side.
Smith Rowe speeds things up with the ball at his feet however he likewise drives their pressing without it.
He didn’t get numerous chances to sparkle from an attacking perspective. Arsenal had only 32% of the possession generally. Yet, all that positive went through him. There were deft contacts, smart passes, and surprisingly a nutmeg on Thiago Silva.
These exhibitions have become a customary sight since he broke into the side for the 3-1 success over similar rivals on Boxing Day. What’s more, for all Arsenal’s new battles, it is important that lone Manchester City and Manchester United have taken a larger number of points than them in the Premier League from that point forward.
It has a ton to do with Smith Rowe, whose craving and want, notwithstanding his significant quality, were obvious all through. Altogether, he covered almost 12km. Indeed, even in the third minute of stoppage time, when others were hailing, he had the energy to sprint back and slide tackle Reece James.
Arsenal should show that equivalent reason as they attempt to secure him to another contract. Arteta has made no mystery of the reality his crew needs work this late spring. In any case, Smith Rowe is somebody to work around.
Under the German, Chelsea’s defending has been uncommon. However, it should have been, with the Blues goal-bashful at the opposite finish of the pitch and relying on each one of those clean sheets to edge tight matches.
They rank seventh in the Premier League for conversion rate this season.
Jorginho’s blunder for Arsenal’s goal put the focus on Chelsea’s attack to react and they couldn’t discover the finishing touch. Kai Havertz had effectively blown a brilliant opportunity with a one-on-one at the same time, notwithstanding the late woodwork twofold hit from Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud, Chelsea didn’t cause a profound defending Arsenal enough issues in the final third.
With more than 73% possession in the subsequent half, Chelsea oversaw only two shots on track after the break.
There was just a single situation that could work out and mean the fourth-put finisher does not get to play Champions League football.
It would have happened if Chelsea finished outside the top four and won the Champions League and Arsenal finished outside the top four and won the Europa League.
Yet, Arsenal’s Europa League exit to Villarreal in the semi-finals implies the top four are currently guaranteed of a Champions League compartment.
Arsenal are presently numerically incapable to make the top four, and their most obvious opportunity with regards to meeting all requirements for the Champions League was smothered when they were taken out of the Europa League by Villarreal in the semi-finals.
Gathering enough points to arrive at the Europa League or even Europa Conference League actually looks improbable, leaving the club without European football without precedent for a very long time. In any case, were they to follow up their success at Chelsea with triumphs against Palace and Brighton then Arsenal would end the season with 61 points – which may be sufficient after a blunder of a season.