Chelsea secured their second straight league win under the new boss Maurizio Sarri as they registered a 3-2 triumph over cross-town rivals Arsenal. The game was fairly even during the first period, though the Gunners were guilty of missing a number of clear-cut chances. Ultimately, it was the home side who prevailed with the victory after putting in a strong and unquestionable performance in the second half.
Three things we learned:
Alvaro Morata ends his scoreless run: The Spaniard has received plenty of criticism from the Chelsea faithful over the past year and much of this has come about from him missing a number of clear-cut opportunities. Nonetheless, new boss Sarri has kept the faith in the marksman and he finally delivered with the Blues’ second goal of the game. The goal was just Morata’s second for the Blues in 16 league matches and hopefully, this can spur him to score more regularly in the coming games. Morata’s previous Premier League goal for the Blues came against Tottenham Hotspur in April 2018.
Eden Hazard makes a match-defining impact: For the second-straight game, Hazard started from the substitutes’ bench and this has been attributed to getting him into good shape after his exertions at the World Cup. After being introduced at the hour mark, Hazard was a lively influence on the left-back where he caused plenty of concerns for Hector Bellerin and he eventually laid the match-winning assist for Marcos Alonso. Hazard could have quite easily scored his maiden goal of the campaign but that was not the case after Petr Cech denied him from close range right at the end. Hazard now has two assists in as many matches this term.
Unai Emery needs to find answers: For the same game on the bounce, Emery highlighted that he was pleased with the performance of his players but it may not be long before the supporters go after him. With difficult matches against Manchester City and Chelsea to start with, the defeats pretty go in line with the club’s average defensive play but the faithful may not entertain the same when they tackle West Ham United next weekend. The Gunners did indeed create plenty of goalscoring opportunities against the Blues but the defence needs to be sorted out sooner, given they have already leaked five goals in the space of two competitive fixtures.
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