Arsenal v Chelsea: Match in pictures
Chelsea’s lack of creativity and intensity against Arsenal is a problem going forward for Frank Lampard, according to England legend Alan Shearer. Chelsea lost 3-1 at the Emirates on Boxing Day to hand Arsenal their first Premier League win since November 1. The Blues now sit seventh in the table and could drop even further if results don’t go their way today.
Arsenal led 2-0 at half time following a penalty from Alexandre Lacazette and a stunning Granit Xhaka free kick.
Bukayo Saka put the game beyond Lampard’s side in the second half when his right-footed effort caught out goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Chelsea rallied late on and scored through Tammy Abraham before seeing a Jorginho penalty saved by Gunners goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
But overall Shearer was not impressed with Chelsea and says there are issues to be ironed out by Lampard.
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“They lacked creativity,” Shearer said on Match of the Day.
“It wasn’t until the 85th minute where they had an effort on target. A lack of intensity and drive and quality in the final third.
“When you look at some of the players on show in the attacking third, then this could be a worry for Frank.
“[Timo] Werner, who was dragged at half time, didn’t offer anything in that first half, got into one or two decent positions.
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“Arsenal had men behind the ball and they made it very difficult for them, Arsenal. Arsenal were solid and offered Chelsea nothing.”
Speaking after the defeat in north London, Lampard insisted his team are not yet at the level he wants them to reach.
“The teams that win, win, win relentlessly [at the moment] weren’t winning two or three years ago,” he told BBC Sport.
“It takes time and we are not there yet, that’s clear. I felt it when we were on our long unbeaten run and I feel it now. We got a lot wrong today.
“I am angry because I want us to win games.
“We were lazy to give away a penalty, lazy to give away a free-kick that Xhaka puts in the top corner and I am very, very disappointed in the way we approached the first half because some things in football are basics.
“It is not tactics or systems, it is do you want to run, back your team-mate out and sprint? Or do you want to jog and say ‘maybe I don’t have to run’? And we took that decision instead of the right one.”
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