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Pedro played the offside rule to perfection to score against Arsenal

The Spaniard was much cleverer than the Arsenal defence

Some things change, some things stay the same.

Unai Emery is the new Arsenal manager, but the Gunners are still conceding goals to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

They haven’t won this game 2010.

No chance for Cech there

No chance for Cech there

Emery’s side are dripping with pace, inventiveness and goal threat in attack but there remain huge questions over their defence.

They’re too slow, disorganised, and lose concentration too much – and it’s that final weakness that Pedro exploited to find himself with an easy tap in.

With Jorginho showing why Maurizio Sarri had to bring him to London with an absolute peach of a ball into Marcos Alonso’s path, Pedro found himself several yards offside.

The Spanish winger had assumed he was going to be the recipient but a late flick of Jorginho’s boot sent it to Alonso.


At this point the Nacho Monreal and Shkodran Mustafi switch off and let Pedro run offside.

However that split second they lose concentration essentially allows Pedro the headstart which ends with him rolling the ball past Petr Cech.

As soon as Alonso receives the ball, the play moves into it’s next phase and Pedro is suddenly in an onside position as he’s behind his colleague.



Alonso rolls the ball across the box and Pedro doesn’t have a player within five yards of him as he slots home.

It was very, very clever from the Spaniard to take advantage of the lax defending but just a continuation of Arsenal’s defensive problems we saw under Wenger.


Sarri has brought Pedro back into the first team this season, at least while Eden Hazard rests up, and he is being paid back handsomely.

The winger might not be the most technically gifted but he’s got plenty of gas, can run for days and isn’t afraid of a goal.

He’s scored two in two this season.

Your move Eden.