Capital None Cup: Arsenal 0 – 2 Chelsea – Report & Player Ratings

Final Score
Arsenal 0 – 2 Chelsea

After a tough battle at Crystal Palace, Arsenal welcomed Chelsea to the Emirates in the Capital One Cup. The Gunners were still suffering from a number of midfield injuries, but still had the depth to put out a decent side. The Blues on the other hand, comfortably fielded a menacing team.[quote_right]”instead of responding with aggression & energy, Arsenal sat back and switched off. If they ever switched on at all that is.”[/quote_right]

The first half was a shambles from Arsenal’s point of view.

Chelsea had turned up with players superior to our own, but instead of responding with aggression and energy, The Gunners sat back and switched off. If they ever switched on at all that is.

The opening twenty minutes were dominated by Chelsea possession wise, with Arsenal poking around their box every so often with half chances.

Nobody in the stadium was surprised when The Blues went ahead in the twenty-fifth minute. A long ball over the top following an Arsenal attack, saw Jack Wilshere and Carl Jenkinson attend to clear up. Jack made the first mistake letting the ball bounce, whilst Jenkinson compounded the issue with a poorly times, poorly powered header back to Fabianksi.

Azpilicueta was the man running forwards, and he touched Jenkinson’s weak header past Fabianski, and into the bottom corner.

Arsenal responded by doing what they had done all game – nothing.

Nicklas Bendtner was lazing about, making no intelligent moves, nor any convincing passes. The Gunners were simply Fish in a barrel, and Chelsea had the Shotgun.

When the half time whistle blew, Arsenal counted their blessings over the fact that Chelsea had only managed to score once. Wenger needed to change something, and fast.[quote_left]”Cazorla & Wilshere found themselves in identical positions [to Mata], yet each time, they decided to pass, or dummy their way into losing possession. The lack of killer instinct was killing Arsenal.”[/quote_left]

Arsenal began the second half slightly better. Rosicky, Ramsey, Wilshere and Cazorla picked up the pace, and were keeping the ball better in the Chelsea half.

But still, nothing was happening. Bendtner’s lack of interest, combined with the inexperience of Miyaichi and Jenkinson, meant that Arsenal simply weren’t an attacking force. Chelsea were relaxing.

Eventually, in the sixty-sixth minute, Juan Mata put Arsenal’s sleepy performance to bed once and for all. He picked up the ball on the edge of the area, and whacked in beautifully past Fabianksi. Easy.

The most painful part was, players like Cazorla and Wilshere found themselves in identical positions to the one Mata scored from, in the first half. Yet each time, they decided to pass, or dummy their way into losing possession. The lack of killer instinct was killing Arsenal.

Despite the introductions of Ozil, Park and Giroud, the game was passing Arsenal by. Chances were passing by, and the clock just kept on ticking.

Of course, the final whistle blew before Arsenal had any real chance of a comeback. They had looked deflated, toothless and weak – from back to front. A game to forget indeed.

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[title]Arsenal Player Ratings[/title]

Fabianski: [6.5/10]
Couldn’t do much for either goal. Had a steady game otherwise.

Jenkinson: [5.5/10]
Shambolic. His weak header led to Chelsea’s opener, and he looked out of his depth for the duration of the match. Misplaced passes and poor crosses galore.

Vermaelen: [6.5/10]
Wasn’t really tested individually, but had a comfortable game for the most part. He, along with Koscielny suffered thanks to a huge lack of protection from the midfield.

Koscielny: [7/10]
Laurent did well to get in front of his man, win balls early and challenge Eto’o where it counted. His overall game was solid, but he was left exposed at time thanks to a hap-hazard midfield.

Monreal: [6.5/10]
Nacho did his best to get forward and help out attacks,and came close to scoring in the first half. However, his defensive game wasn’t fantastic, and his positioning wasn’t as good as it could be. Gibbs won’t be worrying.

Ramsey: [6.5/10]
Aaron showed some neat touches and cute passes at times, but also gave the ball away once or twice in the first half. Did a poor job of protecting the back four, but if I’m being fair, that’s not his forte anyway.

Wilshere: [7.5/10] – MOTM
Jack kept us moving in both halves, holding on to the ball well and penetrating Chelsea’s solid defences. He looked fit, comfortable and ready for a tackle higher up the field. His passing was also sound.  However, he didn’t do enough to help Ramsey defensively.

Cazorla: [6.5/10]
Showed some beautiful touches, but only on the outskirts of Arsenal’s box. His passing was sound throughout, but he didn’t have the killer instict when the goal was in sight. Needs to start taking these games by the scruff of the neck.

Rosicky: [6.5/10]
Rosicky did well overall, spending his time chasing down Chelsea’s midfield to get got tackles in, but didn’t do what he was there to do – create. Although in fairness, playing behind Bendtner would have stunted even Ozil’s creative spark.

Miyaichi: [6.5/10]
In the opening forty-five minutes, I actually enjoyed Miyaichi’s performance. He looked confidence and lively going forward, and made some intelligent runs off the ball.

Bendtner: [4/10]
Ridiculously lazy. Nick spent most of his game time aimlessly strolling across Chelsea’s back four. When he finally did get involved, his first touch was awful, and his desire to actually create a chance was practically non-existent.

Subs:

Ozil: [7/10]
Mesut obviously gave us another dimension when he came on, but it was too little too late. He tried to bring Arsenal forward, but the energy within Arsenal just wasn’t there.

Giroud: [7/10]
Similar to Ozil, Giroud tried his best to inject some creativity into the side. He linked up well with Wilshere and Cazorla, whilst making himself available in the box. Had a good close range shot saved by Schwarzer.

Park: [6.5/10]
He actually looked okay. He showed far more interest than Bedntner, and actually wanted to be on the ball.

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[title]Capital None Cup[/title]

It’s a familiar feeling. Another Cup goes out the window, cutting off one of Arsenal’s four chances of Silverware. Probably their best chance too.

On the night, The Gunners just didn’t turn up. Chelsea strolled on, did a job and strolled right off, without a scratch. Mourinho got his tactics right, and Wenger didn’t. Chelsea’s second side looked strong, whilst Arsenal didn’t. You get the picture.

Two “Big Teams” have now passed Arsenal by, Chelsea and Dortmund. Liverpool are next up, and they’re looking just as strong as anybody. A win will do wonders for our morale and league position. A loss will compound tonight’s damage.

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