Utterly atrocious. Chelsea gain the lead half way through the first half. Arsenal followed up with a goal. Before the half ended, we took the lead. Shortly after the break, Arsenal scored twice. We scored, and then Arsenal answered with yet two more goals. What was expected to be a thrashing on the Gunners ended up being a thrashing on the Blues. What just happened?
Lampard scored our first goal. He is now our leading scorer in all competitions, again. Terry scored our second. His was off of a corner. It seemed to me that he didn’t strike the ball, and this one may go down as an own goal. Mata scored our final goal with a wicked strike from about 30 yards out.
Scoring was a bit of a problem for us at the start. We had several opportunities to score, and we took advantage of none of them, which will surely haunt us in time for Halloween.
But our real problem was our back four. Bosingwa was horrid. Terry made a grave mistake–albeit accidental, for he slipped and fell, allowing van Persie to challenge Cech uncontested. We have not had a clean sheet in a while; I don’t even remember the last time we kept the opposition from scoring in the BPL. We will not be able to compete with the Manchester teams until we can tighten and tidy things up in our back line.
Bosingwa, as well as he has been for us, is our weakest link in the back four. Furthermore, his crossing is far from good. He has few noteworthy moments, which, I am afraid, do not outweigh his general mundane performance. I would not use Bosingwa any longer. We need to tighten up our back four, and we need to sharpen our crossing. In his place might be Ferreira or even Ivanovich, if David Luiz plays central with Terry.