Sead Kolasinac Made Meal of David Luiz Challenge - Danny Murphy


Martin Keown believes that an impressive display by Arsenal against champions Chelsea proved that they are not reliant on wantaway stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

"With a bit more freedom", he suggested, and less inhibition, Arsenal's periods of swagger might have yielded a goal.

The running theme? Antonio Conte had never seen his team draw a game at home in the league.

He added: "You want always your great players to be with you and both of them are great players but they need to be in good shape". Alexis Sanchez, left on the bench to start the match, had an interesting reaction to the miss.

"In the last three games we've come out on top and the team has been playing really well", said Bellerin in the Sky Sports interview. "I felt that in the team in the last 20 minutes, and we played with that in our minds".

David Luiz became the fifth Chelsea player to be sent-off in the club's last eight games, stretching back to last season's FA Cup final, in the goalless draw against Arsenal.

"But I think he's shown not just at Chelsea but also at Juve that he's a good coach and I think he has some good years ahead of him".

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"David Luiz, it looked excessive force to me, at what level did he catch (Arsenal defender Sead) Kolasinac?"

While Arsenal had the better of the chances and could've realistically came away with all three points, it was their discipline off the ball and their defensive shape which Neville was most impressed with.

Perhaps Chelsea was desperate to try something new when, unlike in recent years, the Blues couldn't find a way past Arsenal's rearguard at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Pedro had only moments earlier returned to the field after requiring treatment.

Cech stayed on his feet to deny Pedro after the Spain forward had been played through one-on-one by Cesc Fabregas as Shkodran Mustafi tried to claim offside.

With half time rapidly approaching, Monreal struck with a powerful back pass under pressure from Alvaro Morata but Cech recovered to spare the blushes of the Spainiard.

'For all that it has been a good run since the beginning of the season, it is times like these when you fully appreciate what Eden brings to the table. It only took three more minutes for Conte to send on Hazard in place of Willian.

But Murphy did not see the challenge like that and thinks Kolasinac did his best to stitch Luiz up.