Chelsea beat Arsenal in a game that was a 5 goal thriller at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, 18th August.

 

Arsenal experienced a late disappointment at Stamford Bridge on Saturday that left Unai Emery without any point in the Premier League since taking charge of the club.

Chelsea worked positively in their first home match of the season and was quickly a goal ahead. The gaps in Arsenal’s defence remained far too big, as Marcos Alonso burst vacant on the left and assisted the ball into an unmarked Pedro to score a goal.

Arsenal’s defending was very unconvincing, but they did look threatening going forward. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite having a glorious chance to equalise failed to do so. The situation became worse when just seconds later, Alvaro Morata ran on to add another goal in Chelsea’s bag placing the ball past the keeper, Petr Cech.

The situation was hardly improved by another wasted opportunity by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, the Armenian mended his problem when he tucked home a left-footed shot from the edge of the field. Arsenal seemed revitalised, and four minutes later levelled the score when a dangerous cutback fell invitingly at the feet of Alex Iwobi to score it past Kepa.

The half-time interval appeared to halt Arsenal’s flow. Chelsea held more possession from the start and created more chances, but Arsenal’s defence became far more compact than before. Even though Arsenal’s midfield young midfield duo of Matteo Gouendouzi and Lucas Torreira showed some promise the Gunners failed to find the net.

Aubameyang and Iwobi blew further opportunities and Chelsea, who were dominating the second half, found a way to score when Alonso swept at Eden Hazard‘s cross nine minutes from full time. This marked two successive wins for Sarri and two disappointments for new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.

Arsenal will host West Ham at the Emirates while Chelsea will travel to St. James Park to face Newcastle in their next Premier League fixtures. 

Post Match Interviews

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri said: “In this period for us, it’s not easy to gain points. Three points is an important target for us. We did very well for 75 minutes but, inside that, 15 minutes were horrible. It was very, very difficult because we lost the distances between the players and we were unable to cover the lost balls and press like a team, so we were really in trouble. But I think the players were really very good because at 2-2 it was not easy with Arsenal.”

Arsenal boss Unai Emery said: “It is clear the result is not good for us but the process is continuing. Today, one thing in the first half is the reaction after 2-0, and also the efficiency. We had chances to more score in the first half. I think we need to control the second half like we want, but we didn’t play like the first half and our chances were less.

“We need to continue working for what we want, our process. Today we had two midfielders – one 19 and one 21 years old. We need to give them the confidence to play but our way, our process, is to improve and give these chances to the young players. I think today will prepare us well for the next matches.”

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