Laurent Koscielny’s unusual goal seals victory for Arsenal over Chelsea
This was a result celebrated with gusto by Arsenal, but presumably cherished just as much from afar by an ominously resurgent Manchester United. The pursuit of the Champions League qualification places is gathering pace and, with the advantage over their nearest rivals in fifth and sixth now trimmed to a delicate three points, Chelsea suddenly feel as if they are treading water. Their latest stodgy and scoreless display had been punished. Gonzalo Higuaín cannot arrive soon enough.
If it was Arsenal’s incision, swarming forward at pace to punch holes in their opponents’ backline through a one-sided first half, which effectively secured the hosts this morale-boosting victory after a difficult week on and off the pitch, then it was Chelsea’s lack of bite which ensured there would be no comeback to secure parity.