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3 things we learned from Chelsea vs Arsenal game

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Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal put forth a performance that would make former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho proud as the stout-defending Gunners made a fortunate goal stand up for three points at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Arsenal really needed 3 points to keep their hopes of European football alive and went into the game as underdogs.

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Chelsea is stuck in 64 points, two points behind third-place Leicester City as they hope to solidify their top four finish spot on the league table.

Arsenal moves into eighth on 55 points, level with Everton who’s played two fewer matches. Spurs have one more point in one fewer match, while sixth-place Liverpool has 57 and fifth-place West Ham 58.

It’s possible, but however not probable, that Arsenal can find its way back to the UEL.

Three things we learned from Chelsea – Arsenal game;

1. Gabriel shows his a top class perfermer: Arsenal led but defended for so much of this game, and Gabriel Magalhaes was very good from his spot in the back three. He had 10 clearances as a foe for so many attempted Chelsea crosses, including a late promising ball from Christian Pulisic, and blocked two shots while serving up six long passes and completing three.

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2. Smith-Rowe keeps growing into his potential: No, Emile Smith-Rowe didn’t have to do much but arrive at the doorstep to score his goal, but the 20-year-old attacking midfielder has scored in consecutive wins as Arsenal keeps its faint European hopes alive.

3. Shocking error: It’s no surprise when some big players screw up, but Jorginho rarely makes errors and certainly not as this one glaring as his back pass toward the center of an empty goal. The Italian center midfielder had no clue that Kepa Arrizabalaga had moved to his left to be available for a pass, and hit a ball that forced the keeper to make an athletic denial that wound up in the goal when Aubameyang sent the rebound to Smith-Rowe. Whoops (video).

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Man of the Match: Gabriel Magalhaes

Whatever becomes of the young defender, he looked every bit of his price tag.

 

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