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Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Second half thread

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And so here we are.  Another 45 minutes (and thus, by definition, the remaining 45 as well) defined by refereeing errors.  Arsenal have survived two nailed-on penalty shouts and still needed a goalline clearance to keep this at 0-0.

Chelsea, lining up without a recognized striker -- Oscar's generally the most striker-ish player -- are playing quite well.  Solid in defense, mostly good on the counter (great work by Willian, arguably our best player in the half), and even with a decent bit of passy-passy possession.  Outside of winning what should've been two penalties, Ramires had a great chance towards the end of the half to put the Blues.

And, just to help what's sure to be a discussion about the Cahill thing:

So that was not "deliberate," the "distance" was very close, and it was not "hand-to-ball." Seen them given, of course, but as we're seeing with Michael Oliver today, just because a referee has decided it, that does not guarantee a good decision.

In any case, all even at the half.  Come on Chelsea!

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