Arsenal vs Chelsea: Arsenal reclaimed first place in the Premier League with a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. The first two goals were scored by Martin Odegaard, who twice took advantage of bleak Chelsea defense to finish crosses from Granit Xhaka. Gabriel Jesus later added the third goal from close range.
The victory lifts the spirit at the club after a four-game losing streak and ensures that the title battle is still in play despite what happened at the Etihad Stadium last week, despite Arsenal having played two more games than Manchester City’s team.
It was immediately apparent that Arsenal was determined to put their recent drop in form behind them as the re-energized home team pinned Chelsea back in their own half and applied nearly constant pressure.
Kepa Arrizabalaga saved bravely at the receiving end of Xhaka in the fifth minute after Cesar Azpilicueta sliced him short with a subpar backward header, keeping Lampard’s team in the game.
“That we were us. That’s what I demanded. I wanted to see that energy, that determination, that fluidity, that movement, that purpose in our play,” said Mike Arteta regarding the game.
“The performance against City was very different. We had to be much better in many departments and I think we’ve done that in the first 60 minutes tonight,” he added.