Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea: Youthful Gunners stun Blues to ease pressure on Mikel Arteta

Arsenal’s kids eased the pressure on Mikel Arteta as they impressed the Gunners to a 3-1 victory over an insipid Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Chelsea travelled to the Emirates Stadium trying to increase their title credentials however have been outclassed in each division as a youthful Arsenal ended their seven-game look forward to a Premier League victory.

Alexandre Lacazette transformed a penalty on 34 minutes after Reece James was penalised for a foul on Kieran Tierney, earlier than Granit Xhaka fired Arsenal right into a two-goal half-time lead for the primary time this season with a shocking free-kick.

Bukayo Saka’s long-range lob over Edouard Mendy early within the second half put Arsenal three up earlier than Tammy Abraham sparked a late rally, nevertheless it proved too little, too late for Chelsea as Bernd Leno saved Jorginho’s stoppage-time penalty to finish their hopes of pulling off the unlikeliest of comebacks.

Arsenal climb up to 14th after their first league win since November 1, eight adrift of Chelsea who drop a spot to sixth and miss the possibility to transfer second within the desk after a 3rd consecutive away defeat.

Player rankings

Arsenal: Leno (7), Bellerin (7), Holding (8), Mari (6), Tierney (8), Elneny (7), Xhaka (8), Smith Rowe (8), Martinelli (8), Saka (9), Lacazette (7).

Subs: Willock (6), Pepe (5), Mustafi (n/a),

Chelsea: Mendy (4), James (4), Zouma (5), Silva (5), Chilwell (4), Kante (5), Kovacic (5), Mount (5), Pulisic (6), Werner (5), Abraham (6).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (7), Jorginho (5), Havertz (5).

Man of the Match: Bukayo Saka.

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How Arsenal eased pressure on Arteta

Alexandre Lacazette (centre) celebrates scoring his facet's first objective of the sport

Sluggish begins have undermined Arsenal all through their seven-game winless run however the injection of youth noticed the Gunners fly out of the traps in opposition to Chelsea.

They might have had the lead inside 40 seconds when Saka and Hector Bellerin mixed and Thiago Silva flicked a cross out to Gabriel Martinelli, however the Brazilian failed to mark his first Premier League begin of the season when he scuffed a shot extensive.

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  • Pablo Mari, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli made their first league begins of the season as Arsenal made six modifications from the defeat at Everton.
  • Reece James and Mateo Kovacic returned as Chelsea made two modifications from the victory over West Ham.

Mason Mount clipped the surface of the submit with a long-range free-kick nevertheless it failed to spark Chelsea into life as Arsenal’s dominance quickly yielded objectives.

The first sport from the penalty spot after Chelsea full-back James was adjudged to have bundled Tierney over, and Lacazette made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Mendy the fallacious manner earlier than choosing out the underside nook.

Granit Xhaka celebrates after doubling Arsenal's lead

Arsenal and Arteta would have snapped your hand off for one-goal lead on the interval however there was nonetheless extra to come as Xhaka whipped a nice free-kick over the wall, past the stretch of Mendy and into the highest nook to double their lead.

Lampard launched Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi in a bid to rework Chelsea’s fortunes after the break, however Arsenal have been as snug defending their lead as they have been establishing it, and so they prolonged it additional when Saka floated a shot over Mendy and in off the submit as Chelsea have been caught on the counter.

The spectacular Martinelli regarded to lengthen Arsenal’s lead additional with an acrobatic overhead kick and a shot which drew saves from the beleaguered Mendy within the Chelsea objective.

Arsenal's Bukayo Saka (second left) celebrates scoring his facet's third objective of the sport

Lacazette ought to have made it 4 when he intercepted Mendy’s poor cross out from the again, however the Frenchman atoned with a diving save to tip the Arsenal striker’s shot out.

Mohamed Elneny rattled the bar as Arsenal smelt blood, however Chelsea grabbed a lifeline from the subsequent passage of play, as Abraham’s chested effort from Hudson-Odoi’s cross survived a VAR assessment for offside.

The objective sparked panic within the Arsenal defence for the primary time within the sport as Chelsea pushed for an unlikely level, however Thiago Silva despatched a header over within the closing levels earlier than Jorginho’s tame penalty was saved out by Leno and introduced their problem to an finish.

Opta stats – Gunners produce on Boxing Day

  • Arsenal have now received every of their final 10 house Premier League matches on Boxing Day, the second-best run within the competitors’s historical past after Manchester United received 12 in a row between 1997 and 2016.
  • Arsenal have recorded their first win in eight Premier League matches, and their first on the Emirates since a 2-1 win over Sheffield United again in October (D1 L4).
  • Chelsea have misplaced every of their final three away video games within the Premier League, their worst run since February 2019.
  • Arsenal netted greater than as soon as in the course of the first half of a Premier League sport for the primary time this season, main by not less than two objectives on the interval for the primary time since a 3-2 victory over Watford in July.
  • After netting every of his first eight penalties for Chelsea in all competitions, Jorginho has since missed three of his final six for the membership, additionally failing to accomplish that in opposition to Liverpool in September and Krasnodar in October.

What the managers mentioned…

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta: “Obviously [it’s a] a really big win for us. We were really disappointed and frustrated with the results, not so much with the performances, but the results.

“The gamers have been struggling; our followers have been struggling and immediately is a extremely big day. It would not get any higher – Boxing Day, taking part in a London derby on the Emirates and successful the best way we have carried out it.

“Hopefully this is a turning point and will elevate the confidence of the team because I know that they can play at this level. It is how consistent we are throughout the game to sustain that level and to maintain it.”


Mikel Arteta speaks to Sky Sports following Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Chelsea and hopes the victory generally is a turning level of their season.

Chelsea supervisor Frank Lampard: “It wasn’t good enough. We fought in the second half but in the first half we gave ourselves too much to do. The players who came on added speed energy and intensity.

“I’ll take duty on the surface, however the gamers even have to take duty. The message was clear – Arsenal are a harmful workforce. When you exit and play 60 or 70 per cent then you definately’re not going to win any video games

“I am angry because I want us to win games. It was an opportunity to go second. You get what you deserve.”


Frank Lampard speaks to Sky Sports following Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal.

Young trio invigorate Arsenal

Sky Sports’ Peter Smith:

Out with the outdated, in with the brand new?

Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka, and Bernd Leno with a late penalty save made certain that end-of-year-mantra didn’t fairly match Arsenal’s huge Boxing Day win over Chelsea however their streak-busting victory over their London rivals was pushed by an injection of youth.

After no Premier League win in seven and a Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat just some days earlier than Christmas, Arsenal have been on their knees going into this one. Defeat would have piled the pressure onto boss Mikel Arteta and left the Gunners wobbling above the relegation zone.

Twenty-year-old Emile Smith Rowe, together with 19-year-old pair Gabriel Martinelli and man of the match Bukayo Saka, rose to the problem – and, crucially, pulled their team-mates together with them.

Arsenal's younger trio Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka, and Emile Smith Rowe starred within the win over Chelsea

‘Different dimension to Arsenal’

Sky Sports’ Alex Scott:

“Arteta trusted in youth and they added that element of freedom. They weren’t scared to take players on and in one-on-ones.

“Today we noticed a sample of play with the extensive gamers coming infield to permit the full-backs to bomb ahead and create an overload. That in flip makes extra possibilities within the last third, whereas beforehand they have been simply placing in crosses.

“There were different dimensions to Arsenal’s play today which l haven’t seen previously in however many games.

“In earlier video games l have regarded on the link-up play between Bellerin and Willian and there hasn’t been a connection. Today the connection was higher immediately with the kids.”

Man of the Match – Bukayo Saka

What’s subsequent?

Arsenal journey to Brighton within the Premier League on Tuesday at 6pm. Chelsea host Aston Villa within the Premier League on Monday at 5.30pm.

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