Sunday, December 10, 2006

Arsenal hold on for credible draw with Chelsea..

An Arsenal side that was decimated by injuries and were without Henry managed to take a well earned point from Stamford Bridge this afternoon, it finished up 1-1 in what was a highly entertaining game. Despite Arsenal's problems they more than matched the home side with some neat build up play but without troubling Hilario in the Chelsea goal.

Chelsea don't do attractive football - they play more of a pragmatic game, but the blues side is full of match-winners and they are so tough to beat which is why Mourinho's side have yet to be beaten at home in the league under the Portuguese manager. Late in the second half on 78 minutes that brilliant home record looked as though it might go as Flamini scored an exquisite goal after some fantastic passing and movement by the visitors, the ball was pulled back to the Frenchman who made no mistake with a fantastic low drive which gave Hilario no chance.

The home side weren't done though and after some controversial refereeing in which Ashley Cole fouled Alexander Hleb, the home side broke down the left and when the ball eventually found its way to Essien he blasted a fierce rocket of a shot past the Arsenal keeper - it was a stunning reply. Chelsea then hit the woodwork twice before the final whistle. In the end a draw was a fair result. The winners on the day were of course Manchester United whose lead is now eight points.

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