Chelsea succumbed in the latest London derby showdown in Emirates Stadium on Monday night (12/27). The score was 3-1, victory for the good Gunners courtesy of Song, Cesc, and Walcott goals. The Blues hit Fabianski’s net only once, not through Drogba, Lampard, or Malouda, but thanks to the sturdy Ivanovic.
Arsenal had been bullied by the big clubs this season (some may say, in the last two years). Losing to the other title contenders—except Manchester City—is not a good precedent for a champion candidate. The lack of concentration as well as weak morale and muscle seem to be a serious problem in big games.
That night was different, though, as the boys looked to have matured. They played calmly and efficiently, just like a man. The first goal was typical Arsenal: unpredictable moves in a sporadic attacking play. A throng of players in red-and-white overloaded Terry’s area when Song was running in at the end of the first half. The defensive midfielder lost himself, springing up in the opponent’s box and rolled the ball past Petr Cech with a well-placed left-foot shot. Beautiful.