Mark Schwarzer says Chelsea player failed to make impact in Arsenal defeat

Mark Schwarzer said Armando Broja failed to make an impact as Chelsea struggled to create goalscoring chances in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

The Blues uncharacteristically lost in the battle for possession at Stamford Bridge.

Mikel Arteta’s men had more of the ball, created better chances, and were clearly the better team at the weekend.

The visitors were rather wasteful, registering two just two shots on target from 14 attempts. Chelsea, on the other hand, had just one shot on target from five attempts.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in particular, had a disappointing game against his former club. The veteran striker made just eight touches in the 64 minutes he was on the pitch.

Unfortunately for Chelsea, Broja, who replaced Aubameyang in the second half, did not do enough, according to Schwarzer.

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“Chelsea have looked disorganised, they haven’t really had a chance to get in the game,” the former Blues goalkeeper told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Aubameyang has come off, they really have struggled.

“Broja up front has struggled to keep hold of the ball, he’s been offside a few times.

“They’re have really struggled to get going, but a lot of that is down to the fact that Arsenal put a lot of pressure on them and are certainly high on confidence.”

To be fair, Broja had 14 touches in 26 minutes, so he was at least more involved in the game than Aubameyang.

The visitors’ relentless pressing just proved to be too difficult for Chelsea to deal with and there was a lack of connection between their midfield and attacking line.

The result means Chelsea now sit seventh and are 13 points behind Arsenal who have climbed back to the top of the league table.

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