Arsenal 3—Chelsea 1
Exorcism, expectorant, purge. Arsenal finally beat Chelsea and lobby for their equality.
Not much more needs to be said.
Clearing this mental hurdle invoked less the image of a runner than the pole vaulter. Everyone knew the importance of beating Chelsea if this season was to be any different from the last. Yet it becomes more poignant seeing a celebration of this magnitude after scoring the first goal. There was still an entire second half to play, but scoring first, establishing initiative, and taking control, was in the player’s minds, the missing piece, the thin single edge they had not yet acquired.