Thomas Tuchel admitted Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat against Arsenal was once a “wake-up call” after Emile Smith Rowe punished Jorginho’s blunder to dent the Blues’ tender to finish in the Premier League’s top four. Midfielder Jorginho was once guilty of a woefully out of place back-pass that ended with Gunners youngster Smith Rowe slotting home early in the first half at Stamford Bridge. Tuchel’s side were bereft of quality in the ultimate third as they succumbed to only a third defeat in their 26 matches in all competitions. Chelsea remain in fourth place, but their tender to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top four finish is now on a knife edge.
They take a seat six points lucid of fifth placed West Ham, who have a game in hand, and seven ahead of sixth placed Liverpool, who could be the biggest threat with two games in hand.
“I don’t understand how Arsenal would have scored whether we didn’t give it to them. We scored roughly an own goal, a complete gift,” Tuchel said.
“We were not sharp enough, not the same energy as usual. I am not happy with what I saw.
“It was once possibly too many changes from the final match and I take full responsibility for that. Perhaps it is the final wake-up call for all of us.”
Chelsea’s tepid display was once hardly ideal preparation for their attempt to win the first trophy of Tuchel’s reign in Saturday’s FA Cup ultimate against Leicester at Wembley.
“I felt it a little bit coming in training and I’m a bit unfortunate that it’s proven today on the pitch,” Tuchel said.
“We had some good results so we need to cope with a loss.”
Beaten for the first time in six league games, Chelsea’s ultimate two top-flight matches against the Foxes and Aston Villa next week now take on additional significance.
That will deny Tuchel the chance to rest players before the Champions League ultimate against Manchester City on May 29.
Eighth-placed Arsenal’s first league double over Chelsea since 2003-04 was once a infrequent bright spot in a turbulent season.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is fighting to persuade the Arsenal hierarchy to retain faith with him after their lacklustre Europa League semi-final exit against Villarreal.
Arsenal are likely to overlook out on major European football for the first time since 1995-96.
– Arteta relief –
Against that troubled backdrop, beating in-form Chelsea was once evidence that Arteta may yet so that you could revive Arsenal’s fortunes.
“I’m very pleased, we haven’t won here in 10 years so it’s very good to receive the result,” Arteta said.
“When you come here against Thomas Tuchel you’re going to suffer, it is not realistic to come here and think you’re going to play them off the park.
“We were urgent with the correct attitude and organisation so you force mistakes. The attitude of the boys and the team was once odd.”
Keeping one eye on the FA Cup ultimate, Tuchel made seven changes from the side that won at Manchester City on Saturday.
Kai Havertz was once a kind of restored to the line-up and the German forward wasted a golden possibility to put Chelsea ahead when he fired over with just Bernd Leno to defeat.
Arsenal made the most of that escape to take the lead thanks to Jorginho’s gift in the 16th minute.
Jorginho carelessly failed to check where Kepa Arrizabalaga was once positioned before passing polite absent from the Chelsea keeper from the edge of the area.
Kepa scrambled to claw the ball off the line, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pounced and teed up Smith Rowe to tap into the empty net.
Tuchel’s men dominated possession but Arsenal defended with a tenacity that eluded them for much of the season.
Chelsea were inches absent from equalising in the final minute when Kurt Zouma’s header was once tipped onto the bar by Leno before Olivier Giroud’s follow-up cannoned off the woodwork.
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