Chelsea 2-4 Arsenal: Eddie Nketiah scores twice in Gunners win

Chelsea 2-4 Arsenal: Eddie Nketiah scores twice in Gunners win

Eddie Nketiah scores against Chelsea
Eddie Nketiah hadn’t scored in the Premier League for a year before his Stamford Bridge double

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.

More to follow.

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Chelsea

  1. squad number16Player’s namemendy

  2. squad number24Player’s nameJames

  3. squad number4Player’s nameChristensen

  4. squad number31Player’s nameSarr

  5. squad number28Player’s nameAzpilicueta

  6. squad number12Player’s nameLoftus-Cheek

  7. squad number7Player’s namekante

  8. squad number3Player’s nameAlonso

  9. squad number19Player’s nameMount

  10. squad number9Player’s namelukaku

  11. squad number11Player’s nameWerner

  1. squad number6Player’s nameThiago Silva

  2. squad number22Player’s nameZiyech

  3. squad number29Player’s nameHavertz

Arsenal

  1. squad number9Player’s nameLacazette
  2. squad number17Player’s nameCédric Soares
  3. squad number35Player’s nameGabriel Martinelli

alignments

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16mendy
  • 24James
  • 4ChristensenReplaced forThiago Silvaat the 45′minutes
  • 31SarrBooked in 65 minutes
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked in 90 minutes
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 7kante
  • 3AlonsoReplaced forZiyechat the 81′minutes
  • 19MountBooked in 84 minutes
  • 9lukakuReplaced forHavertzat the 60′minutes
  • 11Werner

alternates

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 5jorginho
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 10Pulisic
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saul
  • 18Barkley
  • 22Ziyech
  • 29Havertz

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32Ramsdale
  • 4White
  • 16containment
  • 6GabrielBooked in 90 minutes
  • 20Tavares
  • 25Elneny
  • 34Xhaka
  • 7sakaReplaced forLacazetteat the 90+5′minutes
  • 8Ødegaard
  • 10Smith RoweReplaced forCédric Soaresat the 75′minutes
  • 30NketiahReplaced forMartinelliat the 70′minutes

alternates

  • 1Leno
  • 9Lacazette
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 19Pépé
  • 23Sambi Lokonga
  • 35Martinelli
  • 38azeez
  • 69swanson
  • 82Hutchinson

Judge:
Jonathan Moss

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32,249

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