5 things we learnt from Arsenal in the London derby

Pulse Blogger Femi Hilekaan talks about the Chelsea-Arsenal derby and why five things we must learn from it.

Arsenal Vs Chelsea - April 26, 2015

The most anticipated game in the English Premier League sadly ended in a trademark boring stalemate, much to Jose Mourinho’s delight. But here are some things observed from the game.

Arsenal FC are a different team to previous years: Last season, The Gunners were simply atrocious against the big teams in the League, most notably the 6-0 annihilation at Stamford Bridge.

However, it’s looking dazzling for Arsenal this time. The stumble block against the so-called big boys was put to bed after a much deserved victory against Manchester City at the Ethiad Stadium. Then there was the mutilation of Liverpool FC at The Emirates. They also knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup, and though they couldn't get past the Chelsea FC hurdle, the performance was resilient and very coherent, something lacking for years from the North London side.

Arsene Wenger vindicated of CescFabregas' snub: The build to this game was centered on Wenger’s reluctance to bring back lightweight Fabregas after the signature of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Yet if there is anything Arsenal are currently lacking, it’s certainly not another creative player.

Fabregas was ostensibly invisible in the game, aside the mouth-watering lob to Oscar early in the first half, then the silly dive which got him a booking, he was non-existent.

Talks about a dip in his form in the second half of seasons were perceived at Barcelona FC, and now seemingly obvious at Chelsea.

In Mesut Ozil, Arsenal have a creative player that is a like for like replacement for Fabregas. The German had a difficult first season adapting to the pace of English football, though he won the FA cup, he is much improved and has been pivotal for them this season.

Arsenal will push for the title next season: The onus is on Arsenal to finish Second in the Premier League this season, and if they do, Arsenal will feel they can mount a serious title challenge next season.

Theo Walcott may quit the club: Actions speak louder than voice, and in football, it speaks loudest. With the Englishman having a fine goal scoring-record against Chelsea, it was absurd to see him left on the bench again by Arsene Wenger.

And in such a crucial period in his footballing career, a summer move for more game-time is not far-fetched.

David Ospina has a bright future at Arsenal: He was lucky to evade a sending off after a collision with Oscar in the first half that left the Brazilian badly injured. Yet his overall contribution to Arsenal has been outstanding, and it was evident again against Chelsea; with a world-class match save to deny Ramirez following a quick break and a smart pass by Willian.

Written by Femi Hilekaan

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