The first minute: we kick-off and then put relentless pressure on the Chavs with six players in their half. They are like possessed wolves chasing down prey. The tone is set. We will attack you; we are going to make you sweat. We will force you into mistakes. We are going for the win.
We are under pressure for the next five minutes after poor passing. Two corners are defended with pure determination. Xhaka blocks and Big Gab comes to the rescue after Ramsdale misjudges the ball. We hang in there but don’t sit back. We want to attack and take the game to them.
Six minutes later. We continue to pass badly from the back, leading to dangerous situations, but our central mids are focused and calm now. Then Xhaka and ESR take the ball from Loftus Cheek, and Tavares kicks the ball hopefully towards Eddie. Christensen has it covered, but the ball has some curve and spin, and he mistimes his kickback to the goalie. Eddie is on to it, and in a one-on-one with the keeper, who is making himself big near the penalty spot, he slots home like a seasoned professional. Excellent as a Siberian cucumber. Have that, and please call me!
Four minutes after that moment of much-needed luck and skill, we pecked back again. A deflection from a Werner shot, and an Xhaka block sees Ramsdale, whose vision was probably blocked and expecting a shot to his left corner, misjudging the ball’s flight. Painfully, we need to do it all again.
After that, we hold out as Chelsea. Then from deep in our defense comes the second goal. A brilliant goal from the training ground. 2-1 to the Gunners.
Then we let it slip again. The Chavs were constantly targeting our right side,, and also, this time, they found a way through by overloading their players there. White may have been fouled in the process, but it was still a good goal by the home side. It was another setback, but it felt like that would be it from Chelsea. We could win this in the second half if we avoided more mistakes. And ESR got very close just before the end of the half to finish it in front.
The second half was ours. We started to dominate, and the home side went through the motions. We had more energy and purpose in our play. We played with belief, and after Eddie’s pounce in the box, they never looked back. Saka’s pen was so sweet. Well played, the manager and team. What a timely win. What a shot of natural doping in the legs, hearts, and souls. CoyrrGs!