Chelsea vs Arsenal LIVE Premier League: Match level at 2-2 as teams break for HT : #RashtraNews
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Welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of the Premier League clash between Chelsea vs Arsenal being played at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, England.
This is Aneesh Dey bringing you the pre-match buildup and minute-by-minute updates of this high-voltage clash.
Half-time (Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal)
Two added minutes!
45′ Shot- Smith-Rowe shows quick feet to wriggle out of a crowded situation in the Chelsea box. He takes the shot but cannot keep it on target.
42′ It has been a half of attacking masterclass but a poor defensive show to be honest, especially by Arsenal. The Gunners took the lead twice in the half but could not keep either lead for more than five minutes.
38′ Saka had taken a good run down the right flank but was blatantly brought down by Marcos Alonso as the Spaniard tugged at Saka’s shirt.
32′ GOOOAAAALLLL! CHELSEA EQUALIZES AGAIN!! IT IS AZPILICUETA!! Mount swung a lovely cross to the edge of the six-yard box from the left flank. Azpilicueta, whose run was not noticed, rose and headed the ball inside the net for a lovely goal.
27′ GOOOAAALLLL!! ARSENAL TAKES THE LEAD AGAIN!! ITS SMITH-ROWE!! A classic counter attack by Arsenal and Emile-Smith Rowe finishes it with a calm finish in the bottom right-corner of Mendy. The Chelsea keeper dived but could not reach the ball. A lovely finish.
23′ Nketiah finds himself in a good position as he gets his header away but he cannot keep his effort on the target.
17′ GOOOAAAALLLL!!! CHELSEA EQUALIZES!! ITS WERNER!! Werner cuts in from the left and shoots with his right. The shot takes a massive deflection and ends up inside the goal past an outstretched Ramsdale.
13′ GOOOOAAALLL!! ARSENAL TAKES THE LEAD!! ITS EDDIE NKETIAH!! Horrible mistake by Christensen as he tried to find his keeper with a loose backward pass. The pass did not have much power as Nketiah pounced on the ball and made no mistake in running inside the box and slotting the ball home past Mendy at the back of the net.
11′ Shot- Smith-Rowe concedes possession as Loftus-Cheek snatches the ball from him. He passes to Lukaku who drives into the box and shoots across goal. He does not miss the target by much.
8′ Mount puts in a floating corner but Arsenal deal with it fairly easily as the ball is cleared to safety.
5′ Arsenal tries to counter from Chelsea’s second corner. Smith Rowe finds the ball right in front of Arsenal’s box but he cannot do anything with it as he loses possession.
4′ Block- Alonso shoots as the ball was flicked to him from a Chelsea corner but it is blocked.
3′ Elneny tries to shoot from outside the box but it is blocked.
12-15 am- And we are underway!
12-00 am- Formations!
Chelsea: The Blues are playing with a 3-4-3 formation. So it is basically a back three or five depending on the situation. Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante man the midfield while Romelu Lukaku leads the attack with Timo Werner and Mason Mount on the flanks.
Arsenal: The Gunners are playing with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Mohamed Elneny returns to the midfield and is one of the two defensive midfielders along with Granit Xhaka. Martin Odegaard plays the number 10 role with Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka on the flanks. Eddie Nketiah is the lone striker playing the No. 9 role.
11-45 pm- 30 minutes to kick-off!
A Chelsea fan shows his support prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. – GETTY IMAGES
11-15 pm: Starting lineups are out!
Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Christensen, Sarr, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Kante, Alonso, Mount, Lukaku, Werner.
Manager: Thomas Tuchel
Arsenal XI: Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Holding, Tavares, Xhaka, Elneny, Saka, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe, Nketiah.
Manager: Mikel Arteta.
11-00 pm: Head-to-head of last five matches
In the last five matches, Chelsea has won twice, lost twice and drawn once against Arsenal.
Last five matches
Arsenal needs a big break after its run of three successive Premier League defeats as it heads down to face Cheslea in the London derby. Tottenham is currently fourth ahead of Arsenal with a three-point advantage and having played a game more.
Another defeat for the Gunners would put Spurs in the driver’s seat to clinch the final Champions League place with a home North London Derby left to be played.
Striker Alexandre Lacazette will likely be back in contention for Arsenal after he missed the trip to Southampton due to Covid-19.
A win over London rival Arsenal will add some cheer to the Blues, who have endured a torrid 2022 thus far both on and off the pitch.
When and where to watch?
Chelsea vs Arsenal is set for a Kick-Off at 12-15am (IST) on March 21. The match will take place at the Stamford Bridge Stadium in London, England.
The match will be live telecast on the Star Network and can be watched online on Hotstar and JioTV.
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