Arsenal 2: 0 Chelsea: The master stroke of Ramsey Ramsey breathes new life into the first four hopes
The Welshman outplayed Jorginho as Arsenal impressed with his intensity in a well-deserved and decisive 2-0 win against Chelsea
Arsenal coach Unai Emery admitted that Chelsea's Saturday night clash with the Premier League meant a defeat would kill his team's hopes for a top-four finish.
The tactical masterpiece of Spaniard Aaron Ramsey, however, has given them new life. The versatile midfielder offered a bittersweet memory of his many attributes and a decisive 2-0 victory.
After the disappointing defeat at West Ham last weekend and the start of Mesut Ozil on the bench, the Spaniard needed a positive result. The Gunners' creative spark at London Stadium took only 14 minutes to show up against the blues.
Hector Bellerin threw the ball to Alexandre Lacazette and the Frenchman made no mistake with a popping finish that flew past Kepa into the net of the net and gave the hosts a head start, which they had fully deserved after winning one in the first stages Abundance of opportunities had been created.
Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (six) has scored more goals at Premier League derbies in London this season than Lacazette (five), and it is clear that the Frenchman enjoys in highly competitive games.
His intensity, hard work and constant pressure to defend the opposition have already made him so popular with the Arsenal believers that weak stalls were heard among supporters when he was picked up two goals in the second half by Emery Thanks thanks to Laurent Koscielny's head and shoulders.
The man of the hour, however, was undoubtedly Aaron Ramsey, a player who was ready to join Juventus before the end of his contract this summer.
With a deal of € 7 million a year, the Welshman becomes one of the highest-paid players in Serie A when he moves to Italy.
While some players were distracted by future fame and fame, Ramsey remains as dedicated as ever to help Arsenal in the here and now, as he underlined with a great performance that earned him Chelsea playmaker Jorginho the game.
The Italian international makes Maurizio Sarri's team tick, but if you stop Jorginho, you'll stop Chelsea - and that's what Ramsey and Arsenal did in an ice-cold Emirates stadium.
Emery had stated on the eve of the game that Eden Hazard was one of the "five best players in the world", but thanks to Arsenal's determined and persistent defensive work, he was unable to post any commentary in the game.
Marcos Alonso came closer after beating the woodwork, but Sarri's team was lethargic, battling a wild Arsenal team that played with intensity that Emery had been calling for since his appointment as head coach last summer.
Bernd Leno kept his second straight game this season, Arsenal's fourth in the league, and Sokratis celebrated the Willian victory with the kind of celebration you see after you've won a 90th-minute winner.
The Greek defender has made a significant improvement over the past four games over the last four seasons, and just like Lacazette, his passion is another reason fans have loved him so much.
With this highly spirited and deserved win, Arsenal are now in the points with Manchester United and just three behind fourth-placed Chelsea. The fight for the Champions League is fiercely contested.
While Ramsey's performance against Chelsea only enhances the frustration of the fans he leaves in the summer, she will at least console herself that they can count on him until the very end.