Arsenal 2 Chelsea 0
Chelsea traveled to Arsenal this past weekend in a key clash.
Chelsea started the weekend in 4th place and had the chance to go six points clear of 5th place Arsenal.
Also, with Manchester United in such good form, if they beat Brighton and Chelsea lost, they would also move just three points away from the Blues.
Unfortunately for Chelsea, they would fail to come away with any points on Saturday.
They were well and truly outplayed with goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny giving the Gunners a 2-0 win.
After said loss, Maurizio Sarri took aim at his players mentality:
“I have to say that I’m extremely angry, very angry indeed. This defeat was due to our mentality more than anything else, our mental approach.
“We played against a team which mentally was far more determined than we were. And this is something I can’t accept.” As quoted by ESPN.
Marcos Alonso will not be banned
One of the biggest talking points coming out of the game, other than Sarri slamming his players, was if Marcos Alonso would be banned.
During Saturday’s game, Alonso put his hand in the face of Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The incident can be seen below.
— ẞärfäraz (@Sarfraz1000) January 20, 2019
While Alonso could have easily been banned for doing so, it has on Monday, been revelaed that the Chelsea defender will face no retrospective action.
A bit of good news for Chelsea and Sarri this am – Marcos Alonso won’t face any retrospective action for putting his hand into the face of Ainsley Maitland-Niles during Arsenal’s 2-0 win on Saturday.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 21, 2019
Chelsea’s next game sees them take on Tottenham in the second-leg of their League Cup semi-final.