Thomas Tuchel gets very annoyed at Kurt Zouma
Midway through the second half and it was still 1-0 to Arsenal, with Chelsea struggling to break down a stubborn Gunners side and their frustrations were getting the better of them.
Christian Pulisic had seen a goal ruled out, rightly, by VAR for offside and Kai Havertz was denied two pretty solid looking penalty claims by Marriner and the technology.
As the home side struggled to break through, defender Kurt Zouma took the bull by the horns himself and tried to bring his side level with a wild effort from distance that went nowhere near Leno’s goal.
An exasperated Tuchel on the sideline was spotted shouting “Come on Zou, eh?” and a very noticeable shake of the head as he let his centre half know exactly what he thought of his centre back having such a speculative shot on goal that was never likely to trouble the Arsenal goal.
Willian has a catch up with old friends
Even after the Eden Hazard episode when Chelsea played Real Madrid last week which caught the ire of the Spanish press, it seems you are still allowed to greet old teammates.
That’s what Willian did ahead of kick off as the teams warmed up at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The Brazilian, who left the club last summer to join Arsenal after making 339 appearances in west London, was spotted having good old chinwag and a joke with some of his former teammates at Stamford Bridge.
Willian would have been the happier after Arsenal went into halftime 1-0 up thanks to Emile Smith Rowe’s goal.
Why Kepa wasn’t sent off
Arsenal took the lead in the 16th minute through Smith Rowe’s goal as Jorginho played a terrible backpass.
The Italian committed the cardinal sin and played a backpass to Kepa in between the posts, which is something you are taught never to do. Kepa had moved outside of his post while the ball travelled towards the centre of the goal.
Kepa ran back and palmed the ball out but only into the path of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who composed himself to find Smith-Rowe who swept home into a near empty net.
Referee Andre Marriner allowed play to continue despite Kepa lawing the ball out. He could have easily blown his whistle and given an indirect free kick on the six yard line and then made a decision as to whether Kepa would have been booked or sent off.
But the official did the right thing and let the game go, which allowed Arsenal to take the lead. Chelsea fans might not like that school of thinking but Kepa only did what he possibly could do in that situation.
Referees cop a lot of stick in the Premier League but on this occasion, there can’t be any arguments towards Marriner’s decision.
Kepa and Jorginho’s reaction
In the aftermath of the goal, a disconsolate Jorginho slumped in the Blues goal and held onto the netting, probably wishing for the pitch to open up and swallow him into a hole.
The Italian has been excellent since Thomas Tuchel arrived but this was a bad error that led to the Blues conceding for the first time at home in the Premier League since West Bromwich Albion won 5-2.
Thiago Silva cut an exasperated figure in the six yard box, probably not able to believe what he just saw, but all eyes were immediately on Jorginho and Kepa.
It was the Spaniard who went over to his midfield teammate, picked him out of the goal and gave him a pat on the back, giving him a gee up, to try and get him to forget about his error.
Source by Football London