MATT BARLOW: Eddie Nketiah has been giving off vibes since December that he deserves more chances at Arsenal… at Stamford Bridge he took off his shackles on a crazy night
- Arsenal and Chelsea were open as if they were having a bit of fun at the end of the season.
- Eddie Nketiah got timely therapy from Andreas Christensen’s back pass
- Chelsea’s general air of nonchalance managed to give him a second of the night
- Timo Werner out of nowhere has discovered a rich vein of brilliant form
- Romelu Lukaku’s touches were rare and he is still waiting for a goal in the Premier League
An entire night turned out to be in the London home for failing strikers.
The flag was up, party hats were circulating, and someone had apparently been messing with the drugs.
First, there was Andreas Christensen administering some timely therapy to Eddie Nketiah via an underpowered back pass.
Eddie Nketiah has been giving off vibes since December, he’s ready for more action after scoring his first goals in a year.
Chelsea’s general air of carelessness managed to gift them a second of the night to put Arsenal 3-2 up
Nketiah had been suffering without a Premier League goal for over a year. He scored three in the Carabao Cup against third-tier Sunderland in December and has been giving off vibes ever since to suggest he thought this entitled him to more opportunities.
But he couldn’t get past Alexandre Lacazette, who has to go back further in December to remember the last time he found the net in an open game, but had scored a couple of penalties more recently.
Nketiah ended this opportunity clinically and Christensen did not recover in the second half, but Chelsea’s general air of carelessness managed to gift him a second of the night to put Arsenal 3-2 up.
Then there was Timo Werner who, out of the blue, discovered a rich vein of brilliant form after spending the better part of two seasons looking completely lost, as if his memory had been wiped upon arrival.
Then there was Timo Werner who, out of nowhere, has discovered a rich vein of brilliant form.
Werner dove upfield and equalized with the help of Granit Xhaka, who turned his back on him and deflected the shot, sending it spinning in slow motion past Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale at his near post. Werner’s Premier League tally for the season was extended to four.
Lacazette, who was available after a Covid-enforced absence but not ready to start, must have watched enviously from his seat on the bench.
Briefly, Mikel Arteta looked ready to rush him to take the penalty in stoppage time, but that was for Bukayo Saka, who converted his first penalty since missing in the Euro 2020 final.
This was a therapeutic night for those overwhelmed by the prospect of scoring goals. Both teams open and vulnerable as if they were having a little fun at the end of the season.
Bukayo Saka converted his first penalty since missing for England in the Euro 2020 final
Chelsea have gone from being petty and greedy to conceding 11 goals in three home games. There were occasions galore. The centers whistled in the face of the goal and the shots splashed the goals.
Arsenal went from a ridiculous scene of confusion in their own penalty area, out of defense and into a sweeping counterattack completed by a sublime goal from Emile Smith Rowe, who certainly knows how to finish off and yet this was only his second since Boxing. . Day.
After seeing two goals in the previous five games, away fans drank it up, taunting Chelsea with songs about their new financial peril and inability to sell tickets due to the terms of the license under which they operate. as the club is sold. . ‘Just like old times, there’s no one here,’ they crowed from the Shed End as the goals flew.
What crazy fun for everyone. Well, all except Romelu Lukaku, for whom not even the sight of Arsenal on a night when defense went out of style could get him going again. Touches from him were scant and his wait for a Premier League goal continues.
But Romelu Lukaku’s touches were rare and his wait for a Premier League goal continues.