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Chelsea vs. Arsenal, Premier League: Half-time report

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Chelsea started brightly but have slowly and steadily faded and grown sloppy, while Arsenal have looked increasingly threatening, usually through he pace of Bellerin and the opportunistic efforts at goal from Xhaka and Welbeck. Lacazette also missed a wide-open net, albeit on a bouncing ball, after Ramsey’s toe-poke bounced back off the post.

The half-time whistle has come at a great time, to be sure.

Pedro had Chelsea’s best chance and really should have also scored, timing his run perfectly off the back of the Arsenal defense to go 1-v-1 with Čech. But his knee knock was probably still affecting him as the ball got a bit stuck under his feet and all he managed was a tame chip that deflected easily off Čech’s shoulder.

Moses also had a brief scare with a knee-on-knee clash with Lacazette, but both players seem alright. And on a different day, David Luiz could’ve easily won a penalty after being held down in the box by both shoulders while going for a header.

Conte’s decision to start with Cahill and Fàbregas was questionable before kick-off and not much in the first 45 has justified it. Chelsea need something different, something more, and certainly something better than what we saw towards the end of the half.