Chelsea beat Arsenal in a match that shows Arteta’s revolution is out of reach | football
Perhaps it was a way to make an audience of 25,000 people feel at home. The goal he made Chelsea The tepid bragging rights to an afternoon of sporadic entertainment felt like an act of homage to Arsenal’s past failures. At present, it has rather shown that with twelve days left until the new season, the outstanding issues around this part of north London remain largely unresolved.
To dissect the winner of a friendly match, in this case the first match in a three-team series that also includes Tottenham, would be foolishness overall. This, however, told a few stories at once. Hector Bellerin, who wishes to leave Arsenal But a new contract was offered in the absence of an offer that would make them sell, try swiping deep inside half of his house towards Granit Xhaka, whose job situation is no different. It was elusive and Tammy Abraham, who could leave Chelsea and be linked with a move to Arsenal, was played to quietly score 2-1 the hosts might have found alluring.
What will happen to these three players over the next month? No one can say with great certainty, and those chaotic accounts about Ibrahim’s winner were a piece of the entire occasion. At times, that encounter sparked outrage in the derby match he used to deliver: Loud warnings from the stands led to it, as did a variety of thorny challenges and a dose of controversy when Joe Willock’s late shot was misjudged in the absence of goal technology. . Not to bounce off the crossbar and into it. But those teams come together again when it really matters, three weeks from now, and neither of them will hope to be in that state of repair by then.
Chelsea would look very different, although Thomas Tuchel has a juggling job. He sent a stinking post-summer tournament squad, starting with just four of the Champions League-winning starting line-up, although Kai Havertz and Timo Werner were among a handful of internationals who were welcomed back. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic were pressured as wingers. Trevoh Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek started, and by the second half, stocks were low enough that Danny Drinkwater, Baba Rahman and Jake Clark Salter were among those deployed.
“Tomorrow we will have four different groups on the field because they are all in a different physical condition,” Tuchel said, a fact that underscores the near impossibility of Chelsea being fully cooked by the time they open against Crystal Palace. He felt that getting Werner and Havertz straight into facing Arsenal, whose buildup was more stable, might have been too much. Should they unite in the opening match, Havertz finished flat after a teammate fouled him, and Werner had to double his lead but with weak strikes.
Arsenal’s loose build from the back may not be the only theme that has persisted in pre-season. While Arsenal arrived without Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, this felt close to the team that will start in Brentford on August 13. This has its benefits, and in the face of things, Tuchel prefers Mikel Arteta’s level of knowledge. Arteta has publicly admitted that Arsenal need an overhaul, and the faces shown were a reminder of what’s yet to come. Changes must swing over the next four weeks if the revolution is to materialize.
This will affect his home ground if he has to start the season with a midfield from Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny. The possibility now looms after Rolls-Royce’s Thomas Partey hobbled one of the artists for the first half hour with an ankle injury before the break. “He will have a x-ray tomorrow; at the moment, it doesn’t look good,” Arteta said. A long-term injury to Barty, of whom the best Arsenal have seen only a fraction of so far, would be a devastating blow to his plans. Xhaka arrived and briefly equalized. He nodded, and promised his manager that “Granit would stay with us”, and it might become a necessary case.
Arteta was encouraged by the debut of Ben White, whose need to put in an all-around performance after coming on in the second half may indicate what went into it. White made an amazing last-minute block on Hakim Ziyech and broke through the line after Bernd Leno saved a half from Abraham. His athletic ability and speed of recovery will boost Arsenal’s performance, but other developments need to reveal themselves in a short time.