VIDEO: Arsenal * 1 – 1 Chelsea (6-5 on Penalties) [Champions Cup] Highlights 2018
Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties after a promising 1-1 draw in Dublin.
Arsenal were forced into a change before this match even got underway. Aaron Ramsey was replaced by Emile Smith Rowe from the off after picking up a knock pre-match.
The youngster wouldn’t have had much time to prepare for his role in the team which is perhaps why he was guilty of losing his man for the opening a goal. The Chelsea corner came in and Antonio Rudiger burst in uncontested to score a powerful header.
Arsenal looked rattled as Chelsea controlled the match. The impressive Callum Hudson-Odoi burst clear down the left and stood up to Hector Bellerin. He cut inside and Bellerin brought him down as the referee pointed straight to the spot. Fortunately, Petr Cech didn’t let his Arsenal record affect him as he kept out Alvaro Morata’s penalty.
Arsenal upped their game before the half-hour mark. Mesut Ozil started to see more of the ball and really make things happen for the Gunners. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came closest for the Gunners but he just couldn’t get on the end of a driven cross from Henrikh Mkhitaryan.