Arsenal legend Thierry Henry used Francis Coquelin and Mesut Ozil as examples to demonstrate a problem he saw in his old club’s performance against Chelsea, as he explained on Sky Sports.
Henry feels the Gunners were a little too reluctant to focus on their best attacking tendencies, which saw them miss out on good opportunities to flood forward against Jose Mourinho’s team yesterday.
“Coquelin once, Ozil I think two times, they had the chance to get forward and move the ball quickly but they sat back – They had to force it,” said the Frenchman.
Arsenal’s wariness was understandable because Chelsea played with some classic Mourinho tactics yesterday.
The Blues set their stall out to invite Arsenal onto them, before relying on the talent and pace in their attack to take advantage on the counter attack.
When Chelsea drop off and go deep, they become a very difficult side to get the better of because they close out the space and make it hard for any team playing against them to move the ball around freely.
They had the look of a side happy to settle for a point as long as they didn’t lose the match, which left Arsenal under more pressure to go and force the issue.
It was difficult for Arsene Wenger’s team, but with Chelsea holding a large lead, many will feel the Gunners had nothing to lose, with their main priority now to qualify automatically for the Champions League.