Watching the Gunners play with heart and passion was something I’ve not seen since the invincible era. Arteta finally caved in and inserted Smith-Rowe into the start XI along with fan favorite Martinelli. Ditching the Willian, Pepe wing attack he favored all season. Arteta came to his senses and realized the only way Arsenal can get out of this hole is by playing the young stars who excel at playing together. Saka, Martinelli, and Tierney were a handful for Chelsea defenders throughout as Arsenal kept the pressure on Chelsea the whole 90 minutes.
Seeing the youngsters play their heart out game in game out hopefully puts faith in a Saliba/Gabriel tandem in the near future. I must give credit where it’s due as Xhaka redeemed himself with passionate play and powering in a left footed free kick past Mendy. The more shots Arsenal takes the higher the chance we have at winning games. We took 15 shots with 7 of them being on goal, a much higher number than the 6 we took last game against Man City . As much as I like Lacazette his time is done and Balogun must be given a chance to play with the new young core. This is only way we can win key games in the future. The future looks bright for the gunners with the young core, and hopefully we get to see them all in the starting XI in early 2021 with Houssem Aouar in the mix.
With a Fullham draw , this win places us 6 points ahead of relegation. Another win against Brighton will make it 9. Arteta must have faith in the youngsters coming forward to survive the season. We will see if the Senior players take notice of the youngsters passionate play and hopefully it rubs off on them!