Well that was an anti-climax.
Earlier today, I predicted Chelsea would win 2-1 and I wasn’t a million miles away.
I was looking forward to tonight’s game, but knew the importance of the match would be overshadowed by far more important fixtures against Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United in the coming weeks.
On paper though, Arsene Wenger looked to have played a pretty strong side. It included Koscielny, Wilshere, Ramsey, Cazorla and Rosicky, and Özil and Giroud were on the bench if required.
There was a lot of sparring in the first quarter of the game but the moment that changed the game came on 25 minutes. A high ball was headed back by Jenkinson which didn’t have enough purchase, and Azpilicueta popped in to score a well-taken goal.
After that, as expected, Chelsea parked the bus. They do it so well and we found it difficult to test Mark Schwarzer in goal. We had a lot of possession but couldn’t break down a resilient Chelsea side who are well drilled defensively and showed how they won the Champions League a couple of seasons ago.
Chelsea were comfortable and we had no ideas. Nicklas Bendtner was poor, and Jenkinson’s confidence was shot as soon as he made that mistake.
In the end, it’s annoying that we lost to the biggest cunt in football but hey, that’s all it is. It isn’t the end of the world, it isn’t the end of our season and we can quickly dust ourselves off and get ourselves prepared for the big game on Saturday.