Date: 19th August 2018 at 11:30am
Written by:
Chelsea
3 – 2
Arsenal

Stamford Bridge

Premier League

18/08/2018 3:00 pm

Attendance: 40491

Referee: M. Atkinson

Chelsea Arsenal
Pedro (9), Morata (20), Alonso (81) Mkhitaryan (37), Iwobi (41)
Arrizabalaga Cech
Azpilicueta Bellerin
Rudiger Mustafi
 
David Luiz Papastathopoulos
Alonso Monreal
Jorginho Xhaka
 
45
Kante Guendouzi
Barkley 60 Mkhitaryan
Pedro Özil 68
Morata 75 Iwobi 75
Willian 61 Aubameyang

Substitutes

Caballero Elneny
Christensen Ramsey 68
Hazard 61 Lacazette 75
Moses Torreira 45
Kovacic 60 Lichtsteiner
Giroud 75 Leno
Zappacosta Welbeck

Game Statistics

24 Goal attempts 15
11 On Target 6
5 Corners 1
12 Fouls 9
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
62 % 38

Stamford Bridge witnessed an absolute thriller, on Saturday, when Chelsea just edged past the challenge presented by Arsenal in a five-goal thriller.

But, whilst the attacking football was a joy to behold, the two managers will recognise there is a lot of work to be done with their defensive units, with both sides having numerous opportunities to score more than they did.

The chaos started in the 9th minute when Pedro opened the scoring with a fine finish after a good build-up involving the impressive Jorginho and Alonso.

Matters, for Chelsea, improved further in the 20th minute when the lead was doubled. A long ball upfield, from Azpilicueta, saw Alonso hold off the challenge of Mustafi to drill a shot past Cech in the Arsenal goal.

However, with the Stamford Bridge crowd jubilant, Arsenal were to mount a remarkable comeback.

In the 37th minute, Mkhitaryan made up for an earlier miss by finding the bottom corner of the net with a strike from 20-yards out.

Four minutes later, Arsenal were level when Iwobi scored from inside the box.

After half-time, the attacking football, from both sides, continued to flow but we had to wait until the 81st minute for Chelsea to seal the three points when Alonso collected a pass from Hazard, after some sublime work from the Belgian, to steer the ball into the net through the legs of Cech.

 

3 Replies to “Chelsea Beat Arsenal In A Five-Goal Thriller As Attacking Football Defeats Defensive Madness”

  • A thriller but if our defence isn’t sorted out we will be in deep shit sooner than later … I think we need Kante protecting the back 4 rather than pushing forward …. But I’m totally behind the new manager , let’s give him time to sort out the densive part

  • I would totally agree with you zeenut it’s refreshing to see Chelsea play attacking football but that lapse was a horror show it proves we are not yet able to play this style of football for 90 minutes against better finishers from 2 up it could have been all over by half time

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