Return to St James’ Park a year on from damaging defeat offers Arsenal chance to show they can now handle the pressure

There was a very strange moment for Arsenal just after the hour against Chelsea at the Emirates on Tuesday night, when those in red appeared intent on giving their opponents a helping hand, when it felt as though we were watching a computer game glitch.

Chelsea broke with four on two, a posse of additional Arsenal players straining to get back, only for N’Golo Kanté to make a poor attempt at the killer pass. No matter. The ball ricocheted off a couple of Arsenal players, nobody able to take charge of the situation and there was Noni Madueke, the Chelsea winger, close to the byline.

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