Arsenal put their quest for a top-four spot in the Premier League back on track as they ended a three-game losing streak with a crucial win over Chelsea.
The Gunners are no longer looking for pole position to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, but this win will renew their confidence.
Eddie Nketiah got the better of Alexandre Lacazette in Arsenal’s attack and rewarded manager Mikel Arteta’s faith when he capitalized on Andreas Christensen’s header with a composed finish in the 13th minute.
It was the start of a chaotic first half as Timo Werner equalized with a deflected shot four minutes later, before Emile Smith Rowe showed a real touch of class to defeat Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy on the edge of the area.
Chelsea were back in shape before the break with captain Cesar Azpilicueta, but Nketiah capitalized on a series of defensive errors to put Arsenal back in front in the 57th minute.
Bukayo Saka was excellent for Arsenal and received the reward his performance deserved when he sealed the victory from a penalty in added time after being fouled by Azpilicueta.
The Gunners are now level on points with North London rivals Tottenham, with an Emirates Stadium derby still to come.
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- 4ChristensenReplaced forThiago Silvaat the 45′minutes
- 31SarrBooked in 65 minutes
- 28AzpilicuetaBooked in 90 minutes
- 3AlonsoReplaced forZiyechat the 81′minutes
- 19MountBooked in 84 minutes
- 9lukakuReplaced forHavertzat the 60′minutes
- 6Thiago Silva
- 6GabrielBooked in 90 minutes
- 7sakaReplaced forLacazetteat the 90+5′minutes
- 10Smith RoweReplaced forCédric Soaresat the 75′minutes
- 30NketiahReplaced forMartinelliat the 70′minutes
- 17Cédric Soares
- 23Sambi Lokonga
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Match ends, Chelsea 2, Arsenal 4.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 2, Arsenal 4.
Substitution, Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette replaces Bukayo Saka.
Goal! Chelsea 2, Arsenal 4. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.
Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal) receives a yellow card.
Penalty suffered by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) after a foul in the area.
Penalty Arsenal. Bukayo Saka is fouled in the area.
Corner, Chelsea. Courtesy of Rob Holding.
Lost attempt. Nuno Tavares (Arsenal) right footed shot from more than 35 meters goes to the left side.
Mason Mount (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a dangerous foul.
Mason Mount (Chelsea) foul.
Cédric Soares (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the opposing half.
Lost attempt. Nuno Tavares (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Cédric Soares.
Malang Sarr (Chelsea) foul.
Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech replaces Marcos Alonso.
Lost attempt. Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) right footed shot from the center of the box. Assisted by Cédric Soares.
Substitution, Arsenal. Cédric Soares replaces Emile Smith Rowe.
Substitution, Arsenal. Gabriel Martinelli replaces Eddie Nketiah.
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