The first half of the game was evenly played between both the sides, however the red card to Gabriel turned the game around for Chelsea. It also shows Gabriel is yet to conquer the styles of the Premier League.
The game was poorly fought by the gunners and they got what they deserved at the end.
Arsenal cause their own demise
The match was evenly contested. Arsenal were not the best, but flawed but still decent. A tussle between Diego Costa and Laurent Koscielny ended, but Gabriel got into the mix and lost his temperament to foul the Chelsea striker that ended the game for the Brazilian with a red card to his name.
Clearly shows that Gabriel is yet to learn to keep his cool in the heated Premier League battle.
Being a man-down was already bad for the Gunners and later stand-in captain Santi Cazorla received a second yellow for a foul on fellow Spaniard and former Arsenal player Cesc Fabregas. That caused Arsenal to play with only nine men, and playing against Chelsea having lost two men is equal to a loss.
Arsenal weak in Set-pieces
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho took the brave decision of dropping captain John Terry for the crucial London derby. The manager’s move paid off, however, Gary Cahill may have struggled a bit against Walcott early in the game but youngster Kurt Zouma was on fire.
Gabriel sending-off left Zouma unmarked early in the second half as he converted to goal from the far post. While, Former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech was disheartened by the welcome he received at the Stamford Bridge and his performance in the game was not up to the mark.
Arsenal need vice-captain Per Mertesacker back to command the centre-halves to avoid such slip-ups in front of goal.
Arsenal are in need of a capable defensive midfielder and striker
Arsene Wenger chose Theo Walcott over Olivier Giroud to start the game, the move did not pay well for the Gunners as numerous flaws still continue in Walcott’s game as centre-forward. But, more importantly it is the place held so dearly by Francois Coquelin that is of concern.
Going up against the Premier League’s best defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic, Coq failed to make a mark for his own. The Arsenal man is strong, an aggressive tackler but he is not so good with the ball at his feet.