The Gunners came away with an important win in what was an exciting game at the Emirates on Saturday.
Alexandre Lacazette gave Arsenal the lead in the 14th minute with a powerful and precise shot beating the Chelsea keeper at his near post. Aubameyang had the opportunity to double their lead moments later with an overhead kick but his attempt failed to hit the target.
Arsenal eventually managed the double and finished the half strongly with a Torriera free kick finding the shoulder of skipper Koscielny. Laurent Koscielny was awarded man of the match for his goal and defensive efforts, making more clearances, blocks and interceptions than anyone on the pitch.
Chelsea enjoyed most of the possession, 64% to be exact, but they lacked the attacking prowess moving forward. Both teams shared 13 shots at goal but the Blue’s just failed to execute the clinical finishing we all know they are capable of.
Unai Emery was optimistic and pleased after the game saying “I’m very pleased with this victory and these three points. After our defeat at West Ham we needed to show our supporters a strong moment. I think we can improve. We can be optimistic in the future but we need to find a good balance between when we’re playing away and when we’re playing at home. We can be optimistic because we are closer to a lot of teams like Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.”
Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri expressed his anger and faulted his team’s mental fortitude. “I’m disappointed and I’m angry. I was disappointed with our mental approach more than anything else. From a mental point of view we suffered a similar kind of approach against Tottenham Hotspur. I thought that we’d overcome that, but it would now appear that there’s still a great deal of work to do to be able to get these players truly motivated and up for playing these games,” said Sarri.
The win opened the gates for a Champions League spot and put Arsenal within 3 points of fourth placed Chelsea and back above a recovering Manchester United.