Chelsea FC draw, Oscar KO’d, Hazard wins
Although Chelsea drew at The Emirates Stadium 0-0, there were many heated moments in the match that don’t show up when looking at a 0-0 score line.
The most pressing matter was around 15 minutes into the match, when Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina clattered into Chelsea striker Oscar, making head-to-head contact, clearly causing a concussion that wasn’t spotted by referee Michael Oliver or Chelsea’s doctor. Chelsea should have clearly been awarded a penalty but Oliver made his first mistake in a game full of terrible officiating. Oscar was surprisingly allowed to play the rest of the half before being substituted for and then subsequently sent to the hospital for tests.
Chelsea again played a defensive-minded game and thrived off the counter attack, registering more shots on goal three to Arsenal’s one. The Blues amassed 43 percent possession but looked the most dangerous to put the ball in the back of the net throughout the match as Arsenal’s attack stalled continuously on the edge of the 18 yard box. Arsenal’s crowd rose in cheer chiding Chelsea and boss Jose Mourinho for being ‘boring’, to which The Blues boss responded in his post-match interview “you know, I think boring is 10 years without a title. That's very boring,” said Mourinho criticizing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Chelsea are now 10 points clear on top of the table as Arsenal fall to third tied on points with Manchester City.
Later in the evening, Chelsea superstar winger Eden Hazard won the 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year award beating out Tottenham striker Harry Kane, second, and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, third. Other finalists included Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Hazard’s teammate Diego Costa.
Hazard was the favorite to win the award, as he scored 13 goals and has added eight assists for Chelsea in the Premier League so far this season. This award comes just one year after he won the 2014-15 PFA Young Player of the Year award, which was awarded to Kane this season.
Hazard wasn’t done there, as he was also named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the third time in his three seasons in England. He was joined by six other Chelsea players: captain John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa.