Sunday, 25 September 2016

5-THINGS WE LEARNED IN Arsenal vs Chelsea London Derby.

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger reaches 20 years at the club over the week having joined Arsenal in 1996.

the 66-year-old saw the Gunners completely overrun their London rivals and they fully deserved the 3-0 win that lifts them to third on the log in the Premier League.

Sami Mokbel of Sportmail analysed the key issue from the London derby.


1. ALEX IWOBI IS DESTINED FOR THE TOP.
England national team will regret letting Alex Iwobi through their fingers. The Arsenal youngster is a star in the making but turned down England to play for his home country Nigeria.
The biggest compliment Arsene Wenger could pay him on Saturday was the fact he played him in such a stellar fixture.

And he took it like a duck to water. Iwobi is destined for the top.


2. DOES CHELSEA REALLY NEED N'GOLO KANTE?
N'Golo Kante is, perhaps, the best at what he does in Europe. Sniff out danger, win the ball back, pass it to a team-mate.
But in a team that at least most weeks, should have the majority of possession in matches, is such a player necessary for Antonio Conte.
History suggests it probably is. But Chelsea were sreaming out for some incisive passing at the Emirates - Kante may not be the man to provide that.


3. XHAKA MUST WAIT FOR HIS CHANCE.
Spending £30million on player doesn't guarantee you a starting role at Arsenal. Granit Xhaka's been finding that out the hard way.
Having scored two long-range pearlers in the space of four days, the Swiss midfielder may have thought he'd earned only his third league start since arriving at the club. He was wrong.


4. CHELSEA URGENTLY NEED DEFENSIVE REINFORCEMENTS.
Antonio Conte's defence needs major surgery. The Blues back-four were lost at sea without John Terry, who missed this clash through injury.
But at 35, Terry's career is drawing to a close. To say Chelsea need three new first choice defenders isn't an overstatement.

The next two transfer windows are likely to be busy for Chelsea.


5. SANCHEZ CAN BE NEXT HENRY.
Arsene Wenger's experiment of playing Alexis Sanchez through the middle is working a treat.
Another goal, taking his season tally to five, and an assist was further proof.
Wenger famously turned Thierry Henry from a winger into a striker. A second transformation is coming along nicely.
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