After their win over Arsenal, Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea rode their luck and that Jorginho probably should have seen red for a second yellow.
Craig Pawson booked Lucas Torreira for a pullback. He booked Ainsley Maitland-Niles for one, too. He’d even booked N’Golo Kante for holding in the 30th minute before booking either of the Arsenal players but, for some reason known only to him, he decided not to book Jorginho, already on a yellow, for the exact same offence.
It was a textbook pull-back designed to stop Arsenal breaking and in every football game around the globe, it is a yellow card without argument. It’s such a common yellow it’s even called ‘taking one for the team’.
Instead, Pawson booked Alexandre Lacazette for dissent.
So, of course it came as no surprise that it was Jorginho who won the freekick from which Chelsea equalised and it was Jorginho at the far post, free and ready to pounce on Bernd Leno’s error.
“It certainly could have been a second yellow,” Lampard said after the game. “We might have struck a bit of luck with that one. But there have been times when I’ll moan about not getting luck in other games and I don’t think it was absolutely clear-cut [Edit – it absolutely was as you can see below].
“Maybe you make your own luck sometimes. I think with the way we played, the way Jorginho played, he was a big catalyst for the change.”
Chelsea mostly made their own luck by rotationally fouling the entire Arsenal team and picking up only four yellows throughout the game – less than the number shown to Arsenal (5) as the referee set about robbing Mikel Arteta of all three points.