Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal (FULL TIME)
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal (86 mins)
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Eden Hazard will be starting Chelsea’s next game. The Belgian has been mesmerising since his introduction around the hour mark, and only another good save from Petr Cech stops him from sealing the points for the Blues.
GOAL! Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal (ALONSO, 81 mins)
He’s been one of the best players on the pitch – and Marcos Alonso has crowned his performance with what could be the winning goal. Great work from Eden Hazard down the left, and his pass is easily converted by the Spaniard.
SUB Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal (75 mins)
Final changes of the match for each manager. Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud comes on for Chelsea, replacing Alvaro Morata. Alex Iwobi departs for Arsenal, replaced by Alexandre Lacazette.
Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal (73 mins)
Free-kick to Chelsea in a dangerous position. David Luiz steps up and brings another good stop from Petr Cech.
Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal (57 mins)
Great save, Petr Cech – and on your old stomping ground as well. The Arsenal ‘keeper gets down really well to his right to deny Ross Barkley.
HALF TIME! CHELSEA 2-2 ARSENAL
GOAL! Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal (IWOBI, 41 mins)
First booking of the match so far, as Granit Xhaka gets a yellow card for a foul on Pedro.
Arsenal have been overrun in midfield, with Ngolo Kante the pick of the players in there for Chelsea once again.
Seconds after they should be level, Arsenal find themselves two down. A long ball from César Azpilicueta, and the Arsenal defence are at sixes and sevens. Alvaro Morata cuts inside Sokratis, and his low shot beats Petr Cech
Oh dear. What a miss. Bellerin does some damage at the other end of the pitch, bursting clear and laying it on a plate for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
A chance for a second for Chelsea, who are looking dangerous every time they go forward. David Luiz’s clever lofted pass finds Ngolo Kante. He lays the ball off to Ross Barkley, whose deftly chipped shot just clears the crossbar.
All too easy for Chelsea. The ball is cleverly worked to Marcos Alonso, who finds himself in plenty of space on the left wing. He squares the ball to Pedro, whose first-time shot flies past Petr Cech.
But just like that, the best chance of the match so far falls to Arsenal. Nacho Monreal’s cross reaches Mesut Ozil, but his effort flies wide.
Arsenal can’t get hold of the ball in these opening few minutes. Chelsea knocking it back and forth, side-to-side looking to open them up. 73% possession for the hosts so far.
irst sight of goal for the hosts. Pedro cuts in menacingly from the right wing and hits one from 25 yards, but it’s always rising over Petr Cech’s bar.
Under way in the sixth and final match of the Premier League Saturday. And we’ve only gone and saved a London derby for you!
Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored for the Gunners in their 3-1 Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge in 2017. If he scores for Chelsea today, he’ll join Cesc Fabregas as only the second player to score in this fixture for both teams.
Having lost against Man City on the opening weekend, Arsenal are looking to avoid losing their opening two games of a Premier League season. The last time that happened was 1992/93, when the Gunners ended up finishing tenth in the Premier League table.
TEAM NEWS – Chelsea v Arsenal
Arsenal make two changes as they travel across London to Stamford Bridge. Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi come in to replace Aaron Ramsey and the injured Ashley Maitland-Niles. Chelsea, who won 3-0 away at Huddersfield on the opening weekend, are unchanged.