Arsenal lost their first home game under new coach Mikel Arteta to Chelsea 1-2 (1-0). Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the lead in the 13th minute before Jorginho equalised for the visitors in the 83rd minute. Tammy Abraham scored the winning goal just four minutes later. The defeat has left the Gunners in 12th place in the table.
Arsenal took the early lead after a resting ball: Mesut Özil brought a corner to the first post where Calum Chambers extended aubameyang. The Gabonese nodded into the left corner (13th). Kepa was powerless from the short distance.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the lead
The next attack followed five minutes later. Reiss Nelson was sent off by Ainsley Maitland-Niles with a long steep pass on the right. The former Hoffenheimer’s flank landed at the long post at Aubameyang. Instead of finishing straight, he crossed for Alexandre Lacazette on the penalty spot. But before he could finish, Kurt Zouma went in between at the last second.
The fact that Arsenal controlled the game in the first half was not least due to Özil. The former national team player was repeatedly sought after by his team-mates.
Chelsea lacked any ideas in the offensive game. As a result, coach Frank Lampard changed Jorginho in the first half, Jorginho came on for the overwhelmed Emerson (34th). The system change from a chain of five to the 4-3-3 in recent weeks stabilized the Blues.
After the system change, Chelsea turned on
In the second half Arsenal were much more passive, while Chelsea were waiting for the equaliser. The substitute Tariq Lamptey made a strong save for Tammy Abraham in front of the penalty area, but his shot was blocked by Arsenal’s David Luiz (66th).
Joe Willock had the decision on his feet in the 78th minute but missed the goal by just inches. On a free kick for Chelsea, keeper Bernd Leno came out of his goal and flew under the ball. Jorginho was free at the second post and only had to push the ball over the line (83rd). As a result, Arsenal were countered, Abraham hitting the winner (87th) after William’s preliminary work.
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea (1-0)
1-0 Aubameyang (13th)
1:1 Jorginho (83rd)
1:2 Abraham (87th)
Arsenal: Leno – Maitland-Niles, Chambers (23rd Mustafi), David Luiz, Saka – Guendouzi, Torreira – Nelson, Özil (76th Willock), Aubameyang – Lacazette
Chelsea: Kepa – Rüdiger, Zouma, Tomori (59th Lamptey) – Azpilicueta, Kanta, Kovacic (70th Hudson-Odoi), Emerson (34th Jorginho), Mount, William – Abraham
Referee: Craig Pawson
Yellow cards: Guendouzi, Luiz, Torreira, Lacazette, Maitland-Niles – Kanta, Mount, Rüdiger, Jorginho
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article said that Mikel Arteta also lost his second game as coach, in fact Arsenal played under Arteta in the first game in a draw. The passage has been corrected.