Date:Wednesday October 30 2013
Last night, at the Emirates Stadium in N5, 9,000 travelling Chelsea supporters watch Chelsea knock Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup and ease into the last eight.
It was a performance that showed that our strength in depth this season is far greater than in previous seasons and augers well for the future.
Jose Mourinho, having inferred he`d not be playing those who starred in the 2-1 win over Manchester City at the weekend, was true to his word making ten changes with the only player to retain his starting place being Gary Cahill.
In fact Jose was so confident about his squad being able to do the job that the likes of Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard never even travelled to the Emirates Stadium.
Chelsea started the half well, forcing several corners but without creating a clear cut chance. Slowly Arsenal edged their way back into proceedings but their over elaborate passing game also failed to see them test Mark Schwarzer.
The breakthrough came in the twenty-fifth minute when, from an Arsenal corner Chelsea launched a devastating counter-attack, although there was an element of good fortune about the resulting goal. It looked to be a routine mop up operation for the Gunners defence but Carl Jenkinson made a hash of his header clearance and could only look on in anguish as the advancing Cesar Azpilicueta slipped the ball past the keeper for his first ever Chelsea goal.
Half time came and went and Chelsea were still in control. Schwarzer was having a comfortable night between the sticks having very little to deal with other than the routine catch, or two, from a cross. In the sixty-sixth minute Chelsea wrapped the game up through a fine goal from Juan Mata.
The Spaniard collected the ball just inside the area and when he saw a space open up he hit across the ball, with his right foot to send the ball curling into the roof of the net, for his first goal of the season, sparking wild celebrations by the 9,000 travelling supporters.
Arsene Wenger retaliated by throwing on Ozil and Giroud but Chelsea`s rearguard held firm and Schwarzer was only tested once, late-on, when he was forced to keep out a low shot from Giroud. Instead it was Chelsea that nearly extended their lead when Ramires, on as a substitute, saw a looping effort just clip the top of the cross bar.
With the Emirates quickly emptying of the Arsenal support, a rousing chorus of 'eight years and you`ve won **** all` could be heard reverberating around N5,
All in all, a splendid night!
Date:Wednesday October 30 2013
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