Arsenal fans inside the Emirates cheered loudly when they realised that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was being replaced at half-time after Chelsea’s abject first-half display.
Arsenal would have been in no doubt that Tuesday’s clash was a must-win. The Gunners need to be flawless to stand a chance of winning the Premier League title.
Arsenal fans offer Aubameyang a send-off
There is no doubt that they have made a brilliant start.
Unsurprisingly, Frank Lampard made a change at the interval. And unsurprisingly, it was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who came off after barely getting a touch of the ball.
Kai Havertz was the man to replace Aubameyang. And Hawthorne noted how the Arsenal fans reacted when the board went up and the number nine appeared.
“There was a big cheer which went up at the Emirates when the number nine was held up and they found out Aubameyang was going off and Kai Havertz was coming on,” Hawthorne said.
Arsenal fans must have feared Aubameyang coming back to haunt them. He has been a terrible signing for Chelsea. And the Gunners have been really struggling of late. So it may have seemed to have been written in the stars for the striker to make an impact.
But that really was not the case. Aubameyang never looked like adding his second Premier League goal for the Blues. And it made complete sense for Lampard to take him off.
Ultimately, it was an embarrassing performance for Chelsea. And their supporters must be so relieved that there are not a few extra games left.
On current form, they would surely be in serious danger of falling into the Championship.