Premier League | Arsenal lifts gloom with 3-1 win towards Chelsea


A calmly taken penalty from Alexandre Lacazette, a sensational free kick from Granit Xhaka and a weird objective from Bukayo Saka gave Arsenal all three factors at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal lastly lifted the gloom surrounding the membership and beat Chelsea 3-1 on Saturday, with the Gunners successful their first Premier League match in almost two months.

A calmly taken penalty from Alexandre Lacazette, a sensational free kick from Granit Xhaka and a weird objective from Bukayo Saka gave Arsenal all three factors at Emirates Stadium.

But it surely was a nervy end for the hosts as Chelsea received a comfort objective from Tammy Abraham within the 85th minute after initially being flagged for offside. The guests have been then awarded a penalty a couple of minutes later, however Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno saved Jorginho’s shot in harm time.

Arsenal climbed as much as 14th place with 17 factors after the group’s worst begin to a season in many years. The victory at Emirates Stadium, which was empty due to coronavirus restrictions, relieved stress on supervisor Mikel Arteta.

It was Arsenal’s first league win since Nov. 1 towards Manchester United. Previous to the victory towards Chelsea, Arsenal was winless in its final seven league matches with 5 defeats and two attracts.

Chelsea, then again, didn’t appear to show up for almost all of the match, despite the fact that the membership might have moved as much as second within the league with a win. Because it stands, the Blues moved right down to sixth with 25 factors.

Arsenal began brightly and inside 40 seconds, Gabriel Martinelli was unmarked within the penalty space however scuffed his shot. It was an indication of issues to return.

As halftime approached, Arsenal left again Kieran Tierney ran previous Reece James within the penalty space and went over. Tv replays confirmed that James clipped the again of Tierney’s left foot, with the Arsenal defender showing to go to floor simply.

However VAR confirmed that it was a foul, and Lacazette stepped up, ran as much as the ball, stopped for a second after which despatched goalkeeper Edouard Mendy the mistaken method within the 34th.

Lacazette, who’s Arsenal’s prime scorer in all competitions this season with six, celebrated by wiping his forehead in reduction and grinning from ear to ear.

Simply earlier than halftime, Saka was chopped down by N’Golo Kante for a free kick. Xhaka, simply again from a three-match ban for violent conduct, hovered over the ball earlier than sending a surprising, curling free kick over the Chelsea wall along with his left foot and into the highest nook within the 44th.

Chelsea tried to realize a foothold at the beginning of the second half after making a double substitution, however it was short-lived.

Saka discovered his method down the suitable and solely he’ll know whether or not he meant it as a shot or a cross. However the ball confused Mendy and sailed over his head to bang in off the within of the submit within the 56th.

Chelsea confirmed spirit on the finish, however it was too little, too late.

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