Arsenal have this afternoon been handed yet another blow on the personnel front, during the club’s meeting with Chelsea.
Arsenal host Chelsea
The Gunners are currently locked in Premier League action with their capital rivals, at the Emirates Stadium.
The matchup comes as the first home outing of the Mikel Arteta era, following the Spaniard’s appointment last week.
Arteta’s debut on his former club’s bench came on Thursday, when Arsenal were forced to settle for a point at Bournemouth.
While the result was evidently not what the north Londoners were looking for ahead of their trip to the Vitality, though, their performance, over lengthy stretches, was actually highly encouraging.
Arteta’s influence was immediate, with the Spaniard’s ideology having since also been clear over the course of the opening 45 minutes this afternoon.
Arsenal have utterly outplayed Chelsea in every facet of the game, looking confident and dangerous with the ball, and solid when out of possession.
As a result, the hosts have headed into the interval a goal to the good, courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s early header.
An otherwise stellar first-half from a Gunners perspective, however, was soured ever-so-slightly by the exit of Calum Chambers.
Versatile stopper Chambers, who had been handed a start alongside David Luiz at the heart of Arteta’s backline, pulled up following what appeared an innocuous coming together with Tammy Abraham with just over 20 minutes on the clock.
After being tended to be Arsenal’s physio team, Chambers was eventually forced to limp off, in what looked to be some degree of pain.
The Englishman was replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.
Calum receives a standing ovation as he is helped off the pitch…
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 29, 2019
Chambers’ issue comes at a time when Arsenal are already without fellow defenders Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac.
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