FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 1-2 CHELSEA
90+7' Azpilicueta brings down Nicolas Pepe and rightly booked for his foul. Arsenal pours forward as Leno takes the free kick. However, the German's delivery is poor and Chelsea has no problem clearing it.
90+5' Chelsea hogs more possession as Arsenal is unable to move out of its own half.
90+3' Seven minutes have been added to the game as Tammy Abraham steals the ball from Torreira in the center and goes on a dizzying run. The striker pulls the trigger which sails over the ball.
90' Chelsea's timidness going forward has cost it a team as the Gunners sat down and allowed Chelsea back in the game. Jorginho was left unpunished by the referee after bringing down Guendouzi and scored the opening goal. Arsenal's centre-backs were at fault for the second goal as they failed to close down Willian.
87' GOAL ABRAHAM! After Aubameyang is denied a chance, Chelsea break away as Willian plays towards Abraham and gets it back towards him with just Leno to beat and the striker does the rest. What a turnaround for the Blues.
83' GOAL CHELSEA! Mount whips in a free kick towards the far post as Leno comes clear of his line leaving Jorginho to run in behind unmarked and finish with a simple tap-in. After all the hard work by Luiz and co Chelsea is left with a simple finish. Arteta has in hands on his head.
81' Maitland-Niles puts in a sliding tackle to clear a Hudson-Odoi pass. Arsenal scampers to clear away the ball after Hudson-Odoi tries to sneak in from the left.
79' Lacazette wins the ball from Jorginho and escapes a challenge from Rudiger but the Frenchman does not have enough support upfront. Nelson makes a run through the middle but comes up second best against Zouma.
78' WIDE! Aubameyang twists and turns to get away from Rudiger and lays it off to Willock goes for the near corner but misses it by inches.
77' Lacazette is booked by the referee for protesting after Jorginho brings down Guendouzi clumsily in the centre.
75' Substitution: Mesut Ozil comes off to a huge applause from the Arsenal fans as Joe Willock replaces him in the middle.
74' Azpilicueta dispossess Ozil in the centre as Torreira pulls back Mount which earns him a booking from the referee. Abraham bulldozes into the box after a brilliant dummy from Willian. He plays it towards Mount who crosses it straight to Luiz who hacks it clear.
72' Arteta needs more fresh legs as the backline looks tired from the all the pressure from Chelsea. Aubameyang has spent more time at left-back than in the final third in this second half.
70' Lamptey races down the right flank after Willian plays a pass towards him. However, Saka wins the race to clear the ball. Substitution: Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Mateo Kovacic.
68' Chelsea has been dominant in the second half. Arsenal's defence held up quite well but the Gunners need to push more bodies forwards in order to put the game beyond Chelsea's reach.
66' A brilliant pass from Lamptey puts Abraham through to the goal who has good view of the far post. Luiz throws himself on the line to block out the striker's shot.
65' Arsenal finally gets out of its own half as Ozil tries to find Lacazette on the right which is cut out by Lamptey.
63' Maitland-Niles does well to win a tussle against Azpilicueta but Chelsea bring back the ball into the Arsenal box. Luiz keeps his calm to clear the ball away from Abraham as the clearance falls for Kovacic who goes for an acrobatic attempt into the crowd.
61' Mustafi's condition doesn't look good after the clash with Rudiger as Arteta looks concerned on the touchline. Rudiger gets his forehead strapped up as Mustafi is back on his feet.
59' Substitution: Fikayo Tomori is taken off for another Chelsea academy graduate Tariq Lamptey.
57' David Luiz puts in a vital block to cut out a Kante cross near the byline. Willian takes the corner short. There is pandemonium in the Arsenal box as the referee blows the whistle following a Rudiger and Mustafi head clash.
55' Lacazette is furious at Jorginho after he clips him in the centre. The referee calms things down and shows the Blues' midfielder a yellow card.
54' Rudiger wins a battle with Aubameyang on the right as Kante picks out Mount in the centre. However, the youngster's pass is left astray by Willian.
53' Arsenal is losing a grip on its game at the back as Mustafi slices away an Arsenal throw-in for a Chelsea throw-in.
51' A lapse of concentration from Luiz gives away the ball to Jorginho in the centre. Aubameyang tracks back to cut out a Kante pass on the right. Arsenal breaks away on the right as Zouma takes off the ball from him with a clean tackle.
49' Willian crosses towards Abraham lurking at the far post but Luiz outjumps him to head the ball into Leno's path.
47' Luiz is booked for a late challenge on Willian outside the 18-yard box. Kovacic stands over the free kick and whips it in towards the far post. Arsenal's clearance fall for Kante who pulls the trigger but the ball goes wide off the post.
46' Second half begins! Chelsea kicks off the second 45 minutes at the Emirates. Saka plays it to Aubameyang who turns around Zouma but is unable to find Lacazette in the centre.
HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1-0 CHELSEA
45+4' Nelson's clearance falls for an Arsenal fan in the stands who taunts Azpilicueta to come get the ball and then throws it far away from him to fetch it. Chelsea, nonetheless, looks like it has found its footing.
45+3' Aubameyang's workrate has been top notch today as the Gabon international tracks back to cut out a Kante pass into the box. Azpilicueta tries to put in a cross from the left but Maitland-Niles is there to steal the ball back from him.
45+1' Tomori overhits a diagonal ball which gifts away a goal kick to Arsenal bringing down the frenetic pace of this game.
45' Willian dances down the right flank and escapes two Arsenal challenges but runs into Luiz who bring out the ball. Most of Chelsea's attacks have come from the right side.
42' Zouma is warned by the referee after he tackles Ozil from behind. Saka plays the ball towards Aubameyang who sneaks in between Tomori and Zouma but hits the sidenetting.
40' Lampard's tactical switch is working for Chelsea as the midfielder's tenacity has helped the Blues move the ball quickly around the middle third.
38' Azpilicueta heads the corner kick towards the far post where Zouma is little late to the ball. Kante does brilliantly to deny Nelson a go at the goal after Arsenal breaks away after clearing a Chelsea corner.
36' Ozil's free kick delivery amounts to nothing as Chelsea struggles to keep the ball. Torreira makes up for a Guendouzi mistakes as he makes a sliding tackle to clear the ball off Willian's feet.
34' There is a stack of yellow cards racked up against Chelsea as Rudiger goes into the referee's book for bringing down Torreira in the centre. Substitution: Emerson is taken off as Lampard sends in Jorginho to strengthen his midfield.
32' Tomori's hits a long ball towards Azpilicueta but the ball is too far from the Spaniard's reach. Frank Lampard seems to have had enough and is in conversation with his assistant for a change.
30' Torreira is brought down by Kante as the Frenchman goes into the referee's book. Nothing has worked out for the Blues so far but the question is whether Arsenal can keep up the intensity?
29' Rudiger gets forward and hits a stray pass towards Mount. Mount is booked for a late tackle on Nelson.
27' Rudiger hits a cross-field ball trying to find Emerson, but Maitland-Niles is waiting for the ball and heads it away to safety.
25' Nelson drops in between the Chelsea defenders and tries to reach for Lacazette's low cross but does not control of his movement and Chelsea survives another attack.
22' Substitution: Shkodran Mustafi comes on for Calum Chambers as the defender comes off to a big round of applause from the home crowd.
20' Chambers battles with Abraham outside the box and goes down clutching his knee. The defender looks to be in a lot of pain as a substitution looks imminent.
18' Chance! Nelson makes a brilliant run down the right side and whips in a ball towards Lacazette who takes a touch and tries to hit on the bounce but the ball ricochetes off Zouma. Arsenal dynamism has been troublesome for the Blues' defence.
16' There is spring in Arsenal's step as the midfield is squeezing possession out of Kante and Kovacic. Aubemeyang barges into the Chelsea box after being played on by Lacazette and his brought down by Tomori on the edge of the box.
13' GOAL ARSENAL! Aubameyang wins a corner for Arsenal as Ozil whips a pin point delivery which is laid off towards Chambers into the path of Aubemeyang who heads it home from point-blank range.
11' Willian rolls the ball for an onrushing Mount as the youngster curls the ball towards the near post as Leno spills the ball and then collects it safely.
10' Chelsea gets a sniff of possession after being held in its own box by Arsenal's high press. Willian drifts wide on the left and is brought down by Guendouzi outside the box. The midfielder is immediately shown a yellow card for the foul.
8' Ozil is boxed by Willian and Tomori and the German goes down few yards outside the Chelsea box as the referee awards a free kick to the host. However, David Luiz's curling drive was straight into the goalkeeper's hands.
6' Nelson wins a corner for the Gunners as David Luiz tries to go for an acrobatic volley off Ozil's delivery but manages to hit the ball over the line. This is a strong start by Arsenal.
4' Nelson wins a free kick on the right side as Ozil whips in a dangerous ball into the box but Chelsea defence is up to the task and clears the danger easily.
2' Kovacic loses the ball outside the Chelsea box as Ozil lobs the ball towards Lacazette which is headed away by Rudiger. Arsenal goes sideways to build from the back.
1' Here we go! Chelsea begins the proceedings from right to left. Aubameyang intercepts the pass inside his own box and tries to accelerate forwards but is stopped in his tracks by Kante.
The teams get ready for the kick off...
Head-to-Head: Total: 54 |
Chelsea: 18 |
At Emirates: Arsenal: 13 | Chelsea: 5
Sunday's fixture against Chelsea will Mikel Arteta's first home fixture as Arsenal manager after he took over former Gunners legend Freddie Ljungberg who took over as the interim manager following Unai Emery's sacking last month.
Arsenal: Centre-back Sokratis has been ruled out after suffering concussion in the 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth, but Calum Chambers is available after serving a one-match suspension. Granit Xhaka misses out due to illness.
Gabriel Martinelli (thigh), Hector Bellerin (hamstring), Rob Holding (knee) and Dani Cellabos (hamstring) will be assessed, while Sead Kolasinac (ankle) and Kieran Tierney (shoulder) are ruled out.
Chelsea: Frank Lampard will welcome back midfielder Mateo Kovacic to the squad following a one-match ban, while Marcos Alonso (knock) could also return. Reece James (ankle), however, is not expected to recover in time.
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