By Walter Broeckx
Chelsea with an early shot but Cech saved. Then Arsenal with the most attacking in the first minutes. Walcott just couldn’t get round Begovic to get an angle to shoot. A few shots from distance but no real opening chances. Chelsea leaning backwards most of the time trying to play the counter game. Walcott called back a few times when just offside.
Then Chelsea with a better period with some more attacking moments. Coquelin then going down as he grabs to his knee. A little twist in the knee when landing after an aerial duel. He can continue for the moment but doesn’t look comfortable. Dean doing rather well up to now but letting a foul on Cech by Cahill go now. The then with a low shot but to near to Begovic so he can gather the ball. Still 0-0 after 30 minutes.
Cazorla goes in the book for a late challenge on Pedro to stop a promising attack with no chance of playing the ball. Pedro a bit later almost one on one with Cech but Cech quick to close him down. A misunderstanding on the right between Bellerin and Ramsey leading to a Chelsea counter and Hazard then going down in a challenge with Gabriel but Hazard first wrapped his arm around Gabriel and then went down. Dean rightfully giving a goal kick.
Chelsea attempting a few long range shots that went well wide. Theo just stopped at the other end by a last ditch tackle by Zouma on the ball or he would have been away. Özil with a great action but Ramsey couldnt finish the chance. Costa twice slapping Koscielny in the face and then chesting him down without the ball. Gabrel who wasn’t involved getting a yellow card and so did Costa. That should have been a red card for Costa.
And to top things off Costa suddenly claiming Gabriel kicked at him and he gets the red card Costa should have received. Dean again useless and costing Arsenal. The man who let dead kicks on Arsenal players go unpunished in the past now sends Gabriel off for… And Costa gets nothing.
Chambers came on at the start of the second half for Coquelin. Pedro with a shot but wide. Dean then invents a foul for Chelsea right outside the penalty area and Zouma heads in the free kick under Cech. Well done Mr. Dean. Hazard with a shot but Cech saved.
Suddenly Sanchez with a great chance after Zouma couldn’t head the ball away but Alexis missed the shot. Theo with a shot that went over after Dean let a blatant foul from Oscar on Koscielny go just outise the Arsenal penalty area. Another Dean trait and no yellow card for the Chelsea player despite him pointing at the player. Yes this is the Dean of old hat we know.
Arsenal now sporadicly trying to counter but Chelsea with the ball but not a lot of open chances for Chelsea.
With 74 minutes to go Wenger brings on Giroud and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the place of Özil and Alexis. Arsenal now playing much better and Dean wanting to end it here and how. Cazorla with a block on the ball but also a bit of contact and Dean gladly puts out the second yellow card. Dean really wanting to make sure that Arsenal will not come back. Dean confirming all what we have proven over the last years. He is uttely biased against Arsenal when it really matters.
Costa again with an incident with Oxlade-Chamberlain but again Dean “sees” nothing.
I now will stop my match report. Because otherwise I might say things that are out of order. I don’t want to bring this blog in to danger of being taken down.
2-0 in minute 90 when a shot from Hazard went in after hitting Chambers
Full time: 14 man Chelsea managed to beat 9 man Arsenal with 2-0.
Dean will be a happy man. So will Riley be.