Chelsea – Arsenal
18 August 2018, 17:30
England. Premier League. Matchday 2
Stadium Stamford Bridge
Referee Martin Atkinson
Linesmen Lee BettsStephen Child
Reserve referee Jonathan Moss
Who will win?
Hi and welcome to the Stamford Bridge where Chelsea face Arsenal in the London derby!
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Willian, Barkley, Pedro, Morata.
Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi, Aubameyang.
Chelsea's lone absentee is Cesc Fabregas, who is out with a knee injury. Arsenal, on the other hand, have a bit of a defensive injury crisis, missing Laurent Koscielny, Carl Jenkinson, Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The Blues have not won any of the last six matches against the Gunners in all competitions.
On the first matchday of the season, the Blues cruised to a comfortable 3–0 win over Huddersfield while Arsenal fell to Man City, 2–0.
Luiz fires wide of Cech's goal from long range.
A long pass from Jorginho is just ahead of Barkley who would've been through otherwise!
Monreal's pass to the near post finds Ozil who tries to re-direct the ball on goal but misses! Great chance!
GOOOAAAL!!! At the other end, Pedro scores! A quick counter-attack, and it's Jorginho who springs Alonso down the left. His centering feed towards Pedro is on the money and the latter makes no mistake!
Maurizio Sarri is shouting at his players, asking for more of the same. Chelsea create more than enough chances early.
Kante to Barkley but the Englishman shoots just over the top of the bar. The Gunners' defence looks lackadaisical.
The Blues apply furious high press, causing problems for the opposition who insist on using short passes instead of just clearing it.
One more long ball towards Pedro is overhit. Cech comes out and makes it his.
Arsenal respond with a sharp-angle shot by Iwobi — easy save for Kepa.
A brilliant chance for Arsenal, finally! A long pass from Guendouzi who picks out Bellerin. The Spaniard lays the ball back to Aubameyang who missed the gaping net. Kepa would've had no chance!
GOOOAAAL!!! And again Chelsea make Arsenal pay. Morata finally scores. The striker fights through Mustafi's tackle and beats Cech!
The Arsenal fans in the stands look dejected. Their defence has more holes than Swiss cheese, even though the Blues are far from perfect at the back as well. The scoreline may be a bit harsh for the Gunners but they still have only themselves to blame.
The Morata goal came just 52 seconds after Aubameyang missed a sitter…
Xhaka the first man to get booker for a late lunge into Pedro.
Arsenal content to hold on to the ball on their half.
Mkhitaryan's shot is blocked and bounces to Ozil whose shot goes off Azpilicueta… penalty appeal dismissed! Seconds later, another sitter missed by Mkhitaryan after a feed from Iwobi.
Willian's low cross reaches Kante but his effort doesn't make it past defenders.
Pedro shoots from just outside the box, easy for Cech. Didn't get much behind that shot.
GOOOAAAL! Finally Arsenal take advantage! Mkhitaryan! Jorginho and Kante drop too deep and Mkhitaryan finds his spot and drives the ball past Kepa! The goalkeeper gets a piece of it but not nearly enough.
At the other end, Morata's blast is tipped over the bar by Cech!
GOOOAAAL!!! And we're level!!! Iwobi's driven low cross is blasted home by Iwobi! No chance for Kepa!
Chelsea's biggest flaw so far is the inability to adequately defend low crosses towards the penalty spot. They always seem to lack a man there.
Another chance for the Gunners in a similar fashion. Iwobi to Aubameyang but that goes just wide.
Arsenal have turned the tables on Chelsea here. Emery must be really proud of his players, who have fought their way back into this one.
Two minutes added on.
Another low delivery: Mkhitaryan to Iwobi… high! That's like six of those turning into prime chances in one half.
That's it for the first half! An entertaining half of football but both managers will look for better defence.
Xhaka is replaced by Torreira as the second half gets underway.
Arsenal control possession after the restart.
Chelsea's first attack of the half results in Pedro's effort from outside the box going over the bar.
This half so far is the same as the first: both sides look to attack and neither looks very confident defending.
Torreira's turnover creates a chance for the Blues but Kante's effort is blocked by Sokratis! Chelsea wanted a penalty for a handball there but the ref says play on.
Barkley shoots well across his body, trying to hit the far corner but Cech is up to that challenge!
Aubameyang is through and scores after a brital turnover by Jorginho but he's offside! The Blues get lucky here!
Kovacic makes his Chelsea debut, replacing Barkley. Willian makes way for Hazard.
Morata is through, Cech denies him! The flag is up again so wouldn't have counted anyway.
Jorginho's shot from long range deflects off a defender but Cech stays with it.
A dipping cross from Azpilicueta is headed clear. Arsenal have improved defensively throughout this match.
Ozil makes way for Ramsey as Emery makes his second sub.
Chelsea have besieged the opposition as Arsenal struggle to even cross the halfway line with the ball.
Kovacic wins a free-kick in a promising position as he's brought down by a fellow sub, Torreira.
Luiz's drive is well read by Cech who makes the save.
Morata is replaced by a former Gunner Giroud. Lacazette is on for Arsenal.
Ramsey's low drive towards the far post gets away from Kepa, both Ramsey and Torreira try to pounce on it but the keeper recovers. A courageous play.
Mustafi is booked for a foul on Hazard.
Kante is on the receiving end of the cross from the left flank but it goes over the bar.
GOOOAAAL!!! Alonso puts the Blues back in front!!! Hazard wins the ball, beats Lacazette and threads the needle to the left-back who joined the attack and tucks it home!
Arsenal are looking to level again.
Hazard grinds his way past the defence and fires from sharp angle but Cech makes the save!
Alonso feeds Giroud from the left flank but Cech again says no!
Chelsea have managed to tame Arsenal's comeback efforts.
Ramsey goes for goal but it's just too high!
Three minutes added on.
A late two-on-one for Hazard and Giroud but Cech denies the Frenchman!
That's it! Chelsea overcome Arsenal in a thriller and start the season with two victories!
Pedro Petr Čech
Álvaro Morata Petr Čech
Henrikh Mkhitaryan Kepa Arrizabalaga
Alex Iwobi Kepa Arrizabalaga
Lucas Torreira On Granit Xhaka Off
Mateo Kovačić On Ross Barkley Off
Eden Hazard On Willian Off
Aaron Ramsey On Mesut Özil Off
Olivier Giroud On Álvaro Morata Off
Alexandre Lacazette On Alex Iwobi Off
Marcos Alonso Petr Čech