Chelsea defeated Arsenal by three-goals-to-two in an action-packed Premier League game played inside Stamford Bridge.
The first half of this match turned out to be a forty-five minute of explosive football – four goals were scored by both teams , and Arsenal successfully turned an underwhelming performance into an overwhelming one in the last twenty minutes , as they turned the screw of unremitting attacking football into Chelsea’s half of the pitch and scored two breathtaking goals in the process.
In the first twenty minutes Chelsea bossed the play in all sections of the pitch , and effortlessly breached the Gunner’s back-line while maintaining superior ball possession.
Arsenal’s lower percentage of ball possession showed the change of tactics under their new coach , Emery Unai – because in the over two decades of Arsene Wenger’s management of the club only few teams in the world could rival the Gunners in possession football.
Arsenal had the first goal-scoring chance in the eighth minute of the game when Mesut Ozil’s shot swept across the goalmouth .
A minute later Pedro Rodriquez scored the opening goal for Chelsea .The dashing winger received a pass from Marco Alonso inside the Gunner’s eighteen yard box and spun the ball into the net with his first touch.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wasted a chance to score for Arsenal when he blasted over the crossbar the inch-perfect pass he received from Hector Bellerin inside the opponent’s eighteen yard box.
Coming hard on the heels of Aubameyang’s wasted effort was a Chelsea counter-attack which freed Alvaro Morata to attack Arsenal goalpost, the Spaniard turned his only marker , Shkodran Mustafi , inside out before beating Peter Cech with his curling shot.
Gradually Arsenal grew into the game , and Alex Iwobi became the constant source of creative outlet for the Gunners on the left flank and he turned into a thorn in flesh of Cesar Azpilicueta .
Mkhitaryan halved his side’s deficit when his curling shot beat goal-keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in thirty seventh minute. An Alex Iwobi’s cross was deflected to the path of the Armenian mid-fielder whose fabulous strike was a sheer delight to watch as it flew into the bottom corner of the net.
After Mkhitaryan’s goal , Arsenal became the more offensive side and unleashed an unending waves of attacking football against Chelsea till the end of the first half .
Alex Iwobi equalized for Arsenal with just a few minutes to play in the first half. He skillfully smashed into the net a pass from Mkhitaryan from the right flank.
In the heat of a sustained Arsenal attack , Aubameyang missed another chance to score in last minute of added time when he shot the ball from Iwobi’s pass far from the goalpost.
Chelsea were the more dominant side in the second period of the game, forcing the Gunners to defend for a very long spell . Arsenal , on their part , had few goal-scoring opportunities but failed to convert them to goals
The profligacy of Arsenal’s players in front of the goalpost played a great role in their loss to Chelsea in this match , and had they converted the chances they created : the final score and the outcome of the match would have been in their favour. Aubameyang, Iwobi and Mkhitaryan were the major culprits in the squandered goal-scoring opportunities , the trio missed glaring chances in Chelsea’s eighteen yard box in a similar manner and in an eerily similar positions in the second period of the game.
Cech made wonderful saves from Ross Barkley, David Luiz, Olivier Giroud and Eden Harzard as the Blues poured forward in search of a winning goal .
Alonzo scored the winning goal for Chelsea with ten minutes to play in the game. In the build-up to the goal, Eden Hazard dribbled deep into Arsenal’s eighteen yard box and sent a reverse pass to Alonzo , who slotted the ball through the open legs of Peter Cech into the net.