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Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal: Perry Groves slams Frank Lampard’s ‘terrible’ team after home draw with ten-man Gunners

Perry Groves believes Chelsea have bigger problems than Arsenal after a ‘terrible’ performance against the ten-man Gunners at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues boasted a numerical advantage from the 26th minute onwards, as their former defender David Luiz was sent off for the visitors.

But Frank Lampard’s team could not make it count, as they twice surrendered the lead to be held to a 2-2 draw by their gutsy London rivals, who performed better with ten men than when they had 11.

Hector Bellerin scored a dramatic equaliser for Arsenal in his first start since December 5. The Spaniard was also handed the captain’s armband by Mikel Arteta

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Hector Bellerin scored a dramatic equaliser for Arsenal in his first start since December 5. The Spaniard was also handed the captain’s armband by Mikel Arteta

It was a draw that felt like a defeat for Chelsea, with boos heard from the home supporters at the final whistle having now watched their side drop 11 points from winning positions this season.

When you take a look at the full-time stats, Chelsea appear the dominant side.

Arsenal scored from their only two shots in the entire game, while Chelsea created 19 chances on goal, and forced 17 corners, but landed just eight on target.

But Groves believes those stats mask the real story of the game: Chelsea failing to put the Gunners to the sword after they went 1-0 up from Jorginho’s penalty after Luiz’s red card.

And he believes the display shows there are probably more problems for Lampard then there are for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, despite the Gunners being ten points behind the Blues in the table.

“I thought Chelsea were terrible,” said the former Arsenal winger on Tuesday night’s Sports Bar.

“When you go 1-0 up against ten men and you’re fourth in the table and you’re looking to consolidate your position, I thought Chelsea were poor.

“Arsenal kept possession in the first-half when they were down to ten men; I think the possession stats were 74-26 in Arsenal’s favour – that’s unacceptable!

Azpilicueta must have thought he’d won the game for Chelsea with his 84th minute goal

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Azpilicueta must have thought he’d won the game for Chelsea with his 84th minute goal

But Arsenal battled back to seal a late point at Stamford Bridge

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But Arsenal battled back to seal a late point at Stamford Bridge

“When you’re at home you should be closing down, you should be getting at Arsenal and trying to win the ball back.

“But Chelsea were far too passive, passed the ball far too slowly and there was not a lot of inspiration in the team.

“If I was a Chelsea fan I’d be so disappointed with my team, they were complacent. There’s no urgency at home from Chelsea, it’s very slow and laboured.

“I’ve seen Chelsea at home a couple of times this year and they haven’t played very well, they haven’t been the imposing and energetic team they should be, getting in the face of the opposition.

“I saw them against Sheffield United when they were 2-0 up and got pulled back to 2-2 and the players hid a little bit. And I saw them against Bournemouth where they lost 1-0 and Frank Lampard was outthought tactically by Eddie Howe.

Former Arsenal star Perry Groves raves about Gabriel Martinelli

“And although Chelsea are ten points in front of Arsenal, I think there is a lot more to worry about from tonight’s performance if you’re a Chelsea fan than if you’re an Arsenal fan.

“A team should not be having more possession when they’re down to ten men! Frank Lampard should be pushing his team forward to go and close Arsenal down.

“Lampard will come out and just say he was disappointed, but I thought Chelsea were so poor in most of the game, because they could have put Arsenal away and they didn’t!”

Watch a clip of Perry Groves on The Sports Bar above!

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