The Basque coach takes three valuable points from ‘Boxing Day’ although victory was threatened at the end, with a penalty that was saved by Leno
Leicester and Manchester United draw (2-2) and are unable to close the gap with Liverpool playing this Sunday
The Emirates would have been a volcano of enthusiasm, but yesterday it was a cold and empty venue that could not celebrate as the huge Arsenal win over Chelsea in a London derby that caught the locals with water up to their necks. Above all, to Mikel Arteta, the coach, whose position was beginning to be in jeopardy. The final 3-1 gives Arsenal a breath of air, unusually close to the relegation zone.
And Chelsea was the team that seemed to go through a deep crisis due to the bad impression it caused, except in a brief phase of the first half, with the 0-0, and a spirited appearance after the break, with the effervescence of the anger that should have give Frank Lampard to his pupils. Nor did the good ending serve as consolation: Jorginho missed a penalty in minute 90 for the 3-2 that would have shaken the local state of nerves. In truth, it was a great save for the German goal. Bernd Leno.
Arsenal wanted to release the tension with a brilliant start at the beginning of the game, but they accused the scoring deficiencies that they had shown since the premiere of the competition. He corrected that lack of hit-ball hitting. First thanks to a penalty from James to Tiarney in a side duel that transformed Alexandre Lacazette. Ten minutes later, on the edge of intermission, the Swiss Granit xhaka he hit an exceptional free-kick.
Lampard saw it so badly that he withdrew Timo Werner to preserve him in the face of the imminent encounters. Another great goal from Bukayo Saka in an unexpected centrochut He painted the duel with a landslide, which then faded in the final stretch. Immediately after two occasions by the Gunners, Abraham closed the gap with a goal from the chest, millimeter legal (endorsed by the VAR) with four minutes to go.
Arteta breathed a sigh of relief after so much bad news. The last had been the positive by COVID-19 of Gabriel. The compression of the winter calendar will have them absent three games, as Arsenal will play against Brighton and West Bromwich, worse classified rivals and who should allow them to flee from the lower zone.
Leicester and United draw
Liverpool came out winning after the results of St. Stephen’s Day without putting on the boots. Not just because of the Chelsea defeat. The champion, who hosts West Bromwich Albion today, can extend his lead. The duel between Leicester (second) and Manchester United (third) ended in a draw (2-2). Marcus Rashford put United ahead in a defensive indecision that left him alone but Harvey Barnes balanced the score eight minutes later with a left foot from outside the area. The visiting team took the lead again through Bruno Fernandes with eleven minutes remaining, and Leicester’s reaction was quicker to restore equality. Only five minutes thanks to a shot from Jamie Vardy.
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