Arsenal exorcized the ghosts of their four game winless run with a restorative 3 – 1 win over Chelsea on Tuesday.
Two first half goals from Odegaard and one from Jesus gut-punched a bedraggled Chelsea and ended the game before halftime.
Chelsea injected about five minutes of intrigue with a Noni Madueke goal on 65 minutes. Nobody watching could help but wonder if we were in for another crazy Arsenal game.
However, this was Chelsea, they could scarcely believe they managed to score one goal. They weren’t about to score two more.
Arsenal were playing without the pressure of being top of the table for the first time in months and it showed. After three frustrating draws preceding it, the team’s legs gave away somewhat in their 4 – 1 humbling to City.
This was a nice home game against a big name, but a big name who was there for the taking. Beating Chelsea at home is always fun for Arsenal and crucially, they got the three points. The title is not in their hands anymore, but they are technically top of the league pending City’s game with West Ham on Wednesday.
Arsenal need to keep winning to make the possibility of a City slip up matter, if it does happen. Demonstrating their superiority over Chelsea will be a nice confidence boost, but they have Newcastle and Brighton next. Those games will tell us if Arsenal can push City all the way.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have lost 6 consecutive games for the first time in the Premier League era. They still have not won a game since Frank Lampard took over as interim for the outgoing Graham Potter.
They’ve won just four games in 2023, and failed to score in 13 of those matches. With five games left including City, United and Newcaslte, it’s not about to get any easier for Chelsea.