Kurt has Zouma-ed past JT
For the first time ever, Jose Mourinho left John Terry on the bench for a Premier League game. Worryingly for the former England skipper they didn’t exactly miss him. The Chelsea boss has shown real faith in Kurt Zouma and it is clear that he sees him as the future at Stamford Bridge, he was good again here and scored the opener.
Mourinho insisted this was a purely tactical decision, thanks to Theo Walcott’s pace, but it seemed poignant that the Portuguese chose to drop Terry, while handing the ailing Branislav Ivanovic the captaincy. Come in JT, your time is up.
Costa is still the most unlikeable player in the Premier League
Diego Costa was at his petulant best in this game. The Spanish striker actually played pretty well but his performance in getting Gabriel sent off will be remembered more than anything he did with the ball. The Chelsea forward probably should have seen red himself after clashing with the defender but he has a penchant for avoiding dismissal, and so it proved again.
The Arsenal stopper took the bait and was reeled in easily. He went all Beckham and kicked out at the Blues man, ultimately ending his game very prematurely. It handed Chelsea the match and gave the infuriating Costa a mini-victory.
Cech-up can’t cure everything
Signing Petr Cech was meant to cure all Arsenal’s defensive ills but Kurt Zouma’s goal was proof that it is going to take more than a very good goalkeeper to solve those issues. The ‘keeper performed well enough, and it would be massively harsh to blame him for the goal but the Gunners defence were all at sea, which is nothing new.
No one picked up Zouma and he coasted in to head home. Lack or organisation has been a problem for Arsenal for years. Maybe signing a top class centre-back could be a good idea Arsene?
Oscar has to play
The young Brazilian hasn’t really featured much for Jose Mourinho’s team this season, but he was very impressive in midweek against Maccabi Tel Aviv. He got the nod here and he added a different dynamic to the Blues’ attack.
His ability to pick a pass and drift in between the lines was pivotal throughout and it finally looked as if they weren’t relying on out of form Cesc Fabregas to make all the play in central areas. The presence of the Chelsea number eight freed up the Spaniard a little more and he seemed much more comfortable than he has in recent weeks.
Oscar also loves a tackle, he put in a few crunchers early on and imposed himself on the game, adding a bit of bite to what has been a flimsy Pensioners midfield this term. Mourinho took him off to protect him from a second yellow, such is his emerging importance.
Jose keeps his records straight
Jose Mourinho riles Arsene Wenger, we all know that. The Costa and Gabriel incident represented the dynamic between the two men pretty well, if truth be told. The Portuguese had never lost in the Premier League against the Frenchman heading into this game, and he kept that intact, without his team actually impressing.
The Chelsea boss has never lost two London derbies in one season, after losing to Crystal Palace a few weeks ago he manged to avoid that here. He also dodged losing three league games in a row for the first time in his career, as well as losing two home leage clashes in succession. Nevertheless, this was not a vintage performance from the Blues, they’ve still not clicked yet.