It’s been a turbulent few weeks for Arsenal so it was little wonder one of their most loyal and exuberant fans, Ian Wright, was almost overcome with emotion during Saturday’s win over Chelsea.
Mikel Arteta rolled the dice and made six changes to the side that was crushed 4-1 by Manchester City in the League Cup during midweek and resisted the temptation to rush captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back from injury.
Arsenal’s high-tempo gameplan revolved around the relentless pressing of their forward line which comprised of teenage trio Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli.
First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka ensured Arsenal’s opening 45 minute display was rewarded with the commanding advantage they merited and they continued to press home their supremacy after the break.
Indeed, Saka wrapped up a first win in seven Premier League games when his cross from the right looped over Edouard Mendy and put a slightly fortuitous end to a flowing move.
Wright, working for Premier League Productions, could hardly believe what he was witnessing after two months of insipid displays and near relelentless misery…
While debate raged over Saka’s intentions, the England international was adamant he had spotted Mendy off his line and meant to chip the Chelsea goalkeeper.
‘I saw him off his line so I thought I could chip him,’ he told the BBC [Really?] Yeah!’
‘We feel that we are a good team who have been unlucky with results and red cards but this is a big one for our confidence.
‘It’s been tricky, tough, but we have come out of it and we are trying our best. We grew up with each other, the young players all want to play and have the passion for this club. We want to make the fans happy.’
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