Frank Lampard admits he was outmanoeuvred by new Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta before Chelsea staged a dramatic late turnaround to beat the Gunners 2-1.
The Blues were blown away by a resurgent Arsenal in the opening 30 minutes at the Emirates, but still managed to snatch an unlikely victory despite being second-best for large spells.
Jorginho capitalised on a goalkeeping howler from Bernd Leno in the 83rd-minute to cancel out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener, before Tammy Abraham completely turned the tables four minutes later with a smart finish.
Before their collapse, however, Arsenal were dominant and Lampard was forced to change his system entirely.
He hauled off Emerson in the 34th minute, reverting to a back four, and even introduced 19-year-old Tariq Lamptey for his first-team debut in search of a spark.
Chelsea might’ve ruined Arteta’s home debut, but Lampard has no doubts the new Gunners boss will be a huge success at the Emirates.
When asked why his three-at-the-back system didn’t work, he told talkSPORT: “It was the best thing ever last week! That’s football. I don’t want us to be predictable.
“I’m sure Arteta, who is obviously going to be a top manager at this club, watched us against Tottenham, tried to find ways to negate it, make us have too many people at the back, get control of the game, and they did that.
“We need to be flexible and be able to change. We’ll go on like that.”