Premier League: Arsenal re-entered the Champions League race with a 4-2 win against Chelsea. It is in a thrilling London Derby at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, courtesy of a brace from Eddie Nketiah. Also, Arsenal took the lead twice in the first half, once through Nketiah and then again through Emile Smith-Rowe. It has only pulled back by Chelsea goals from Timo Werner and Cesar Azpilicueta. But Nketiah added his second early in the second half. Also, a Chelsea team featuring Romelu Lukaku led the attack, but this time there was no response.
Bukayo Saka made sure of the vital three points when he converted a stoppage-time penalty. Arsenal’s three-game losing run comes to an end with the win. It brings them level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham and three points ahead of Manchester United. Despite the loss, Chelsea maintains a five-point lead over Arsenal and Tottenham in third place, with a game in hand.
Premier League: Arsenal vs Chelsea
In a frenetic first half, Arsenal took the lead. It’s when Nketiah pounced on Andreas Christensen’s sloppy back ball in the 13th minute. And then Smith-Rowe finished off a swift counter-attack in the 27th minute. However, the visitors were promptly pulled back on both occasions. Werner’s deflected attempt first and then Azpilicueta’s close-range goal from a Mason Mount cross.
In the 57th minute, Nketiah capitalized on another Chelsea defensive blunder to restore the hosts’ lead. After Thiago Silva’s interception have deflected into the Arsenal striker’s path by Malang Sarr, he stabbed the ball home to make it 3-2. While Chelsea pushed for a third equalizer, replacing out-of-form record signing Lukaku with Kai Havertz. When coach Thomas Tuchel gave him a rare start, he generally failed to impress. However, Saka sealed the victory by converting a penalty in the 92nd minute. And after Azpilicueta has ruled to have fouled him. The defeat was the first time Chelsea had lost three straight home games since 1993. In addition, they let up 11 goals in those games. It may contrast to their typically solid defense under Tuchel.
Premier League: Arsenal had lost their previous three league matches.
Bukayo Saka said,
“We wanted to give them a cause to believe in us, and we were able to accomplish so.”
“And we also gave strength and character. It’s an important victory for us because losing three games in a row is difficult,” he continued.
Lastly, after the government determined in March that Chelsea could not make fresh ticket sales to its fans due to limitations tied to the team’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich, several areas of Stamford Bridge were left empty for Wednesday’s game.
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