Arsenal lost 3-1 to Chelsea in their Saturday night encounter, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the Gunners made mistakes at crucial moments to deny themselves a chance of catching up with the English Premier League leaders.
The Portsmouth-born player regrets the fact that Chelsea’s first two goals were conceded at a time everyone believed Arsene Wenger‘s men performed better.
Eden Hazard, M. Alonso and Cesc Fabregas all scored to seal victory for the Blues although Arsenal finally got a last minute consolation from O. Giroud.
A spectacular solo effort from Hazard was all that Antonio Conte‘s team needed to find their solid footing before wrecking havoc on Arsenal.
Alex admits their loss to Chelsea has almost erased their chances of topping the league table, but adds that it’s not impossible.
“We didn’t take our chances and made some crucial mistakes at crucial times,” said the Ox who was rated among the best performers.
“They took their chances – I think the first goal was a little bit unlucky on our part. They hit the crossbar and the bounce went for them. Alonso got the jump on Hector and that was 1-0. But we knew we were still in the game, and at half-time we said we had to keep going.
“We came out in the second half and controlled spells of the game. They controlled spells but it was a great goal from Eden Hazard, which we should have stopped earlier at source. That was disappointing. Then a mistake at the end killed the game for us. Olivier got one back but at the end it was too late. At the top level, against a team like Chelsea, there’s a good chance they’ll punish you if you make mistakes and they did that today.
“It’s slipped further out of our hands and there’s no hiding from that now,” he added.
“The gap is much bigger now and it’s going to be hard. But we play for Arsenal Football Club – if we don’t go until the end, we don’t deserve to be here. We’ve got to keep doing that.”