Chelsea Vs Arsenal Match Report

Marcus Alonso grabs late winner for Chelsea in a thrilling encounter filled with dreadful defended from both sides. 

Chelsea came into this match on the back of a strong 3-0 away win away at Huddersfield on the first day of the season and they were looking to carry on that form with an unchanged side at home to the Gunners. Arsenal, who had made two changes from last weeks defeat to Manchester City, knew coming into this match that they needed to make a statement after a poor performance against the current champions.

It was a perfect start for Chelsea when in the ninth minute, Pedro put the home side 1-0 up, which was followed up by a Morata goal in the twentieth minute. Both goals were punctuated by two missed sitters by Aubameyang and mkhitaryian and they were both caused by woeful defending by Arsenal. Chelsea continued to make chances for the rest of the half until both Mkhitaryian and Iwobi scored late in the first half to keep Arsenal in the game.

At half time Unai Emery took off Xhaka for Torreira, who played very well when he came on, partnered by Matteo Guendouzi in the midfield who was also very impressive throughout the game making various chances. The second half was completely dominated by Chelsea, with Arsenal camped inside their own final third, it was hard to see a breakthrough being made. But the game was changed when Sarri brought on Hazard, whose creative play and tireless running at the Arsenal defence eventually created an easy goal for fullback Marcus Alonso that put the game to rest for the home side.

Both teams will be taking similar lessons from that match, with both making a plethora of clear-cut chances from brilliant attacking play though both also having very pronounced defensive problems which will no doubt cause worry later in the season. It could be worrying times for Emery as this game leaves him at two defeats in two games as Arsenal boss and will know that nothing less than a win next week at home to West Ham will be accepted by the Arsenal faithful.