Mount and Pulisic’s po­si­tion­ing causes Arse­nal prob­lems

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Key to Chelsea’s bright start was Ma­son Mount and Chris­tian Pulisic find­ing pock­ets of space be­hind Arse­nal’s mid­field, and in front of their back three. The open­ing goal was a per­fect ex­am­ple. Pulisic found space and drove at a re­treat­ing Arse­nal back three. He then found Mount and when the ball found its way back to Pulisic he was still in front of Arse­nal’s two cen­tral mid­field­ers to score. Arse­nal adapted by hav­ing a wing-back jam in and a cen­tre-back step­ping up – as in the fi­nal pic­ture on the right, as well as push­ing their wing-backs for­ward to re­duce Chelsea’s op­tions. That lim­ited a real out­let, al­though Pulisic’s in­jury was sig­nif­i­cant.

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