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No word from Maurizio Sarri. That's your lot! A big win for Arsenal. a big worry for Maurizio Sarri, whose Chelsea is still stuttering. It will now be a fight for the Champions League places. Thank you for reading!
Unai Emery speaks! He praises the atmosphere and wants to win the derby for the fans. This victory gives the team optimism and Arsenal can be happy. His team must find a balance at home and on the move, as they are very strong at home. They will continue to work to find that balance.
Dominic Fifield was our man in the Emirates tonight. Here is his match report!
This is just the second goal of Bernd Leno in the Premier League. It's no coincidence that captain Laurent Koscielny, today's man of the match, is back in the team after this long injury break. No coincidence that the midfield consists of this diligent Torreira Xhaka Guendouzi axis. You have to wonder how long Mesut Ozil will be in the club. But that's a debate for another day. Arsenal was wonderful this evening, and after a rocky phase, the possibility of Champions League football is being considered next season, something that was not that long ago. But it will be a hell of a battle if you include the absurd momentum of Manchester United in the equation. The abusive Chelsea may fear that he is going in the opposite direction. Sarri has a few things to consider.
FULL TIME: Arsenal 2: 0 Chelsea
And that's it! Arsenal deserved to win this big London derby! They finished fifth in Manchester United and have been back on the horse after defeat in West Ham last week. The stuttering form of Chelsea continues, however, and is now only three points ahead of the Gunners in fourth place. A big win for Unai Emery; a worrying performance for Maurizio Sarri.
90 min +5: Barkley is booked for a lunge on Guendouzi in the style of the eighties. "Koscielny was huge today," says Kári Tulinius. "He seems to be a really nice guy, so I'm happy for him that he's back from injury. As an Arsenal fan, I am also happy, because a perfectly fitting Koscielny is to borrow a phrase, like a new signature. "
90 min +4: Chelsea stroked it roughly. But Arsenal keeps its shape. Giroud does not cross anyone from the left. Leno gathers.
90 min +2: Edge is so close to sending Hazard in the middle. However, Maitland-Niles gets a toenail to the pass and distracts him from the danger. What a last intervention!
90 min +1: That gives Chelsea a little push, and Hazard goes left. He leads the ball forward for Barkley, who reaches the sideline and rolls a ball over the goal. Then Giroud slides fresh. It is not the day of Chelsea.
89 min: It's all very bad and that suits Arsenal well.
87 min: Alonso dances down the inner left channel. He strikes some challenges before he finally rattles in Koscielny and gives a foul. A chance for Arsenal to manage the clock as the defender needs his own time to stand up in a professional style.
85 minutes: Iwobi rips the left. He arrives in Azpilicueta before rolling in a pass for Elneny, who is sitting a kilometer off the crossbar from a distance.
84 min: Torreira put in a shift today, and it's not surprising that the cramp is easing. He gets up and will be alright to keep going. However, expect a lot of extra time in the late 90s.
83 min: Space for Alonso on the left. He winds his way to the distant post where Hudson-Odoi lurks. But Kolasinac rises highest and leads the quietest headers back towards Leno.
81 min: Elneny makes a pass over the inner left channel. Kolasinac chooses the spectacular and looks for volleyball over Kepa and to the top right. Full score for ambition, and it's also a decent effort. He catches it well and repels Rudiger. The resulting corner goes to nothing.
79 min: Pedro and Alonso combine well on the left side. The latter deserves a corner in front of Maitland-Niles. Hazard lashes it long. Alonso shakes hands with Maitland-Niles as they fight for the ball. No foul. Instead, it's another wasted corner.
77 min: Pedro is doing enough to win a corner in front of Sokratis, but he has no choice. He has the good grace to laugh at his own misfortune. Then Hazard dribbles down right before he cuts in and sends a screech across the bar to try to find the upper left side.
76 min: Chelsea begins to push Arsenal back. The hosts fight for the ball. But they keep their shape and the clock keeps running.
74 min: Barkley shoots a ball from left to right over the goal of the arsenal, but there is nobody in blue who could exploit it.
73 min: Hazard leads a diagonal pass to Pedro, just to the right in the arsenal box. Pedro makes a breeze on the ball. The home manager manages a quiet "yay," but his heart is not in it. The Emirates are deflated a bit after Bellerin's injury.
72 minutes: Pedro comes over to wish Bellerin the best while being transported away. The poor boy has his leg in a splint and his arm over his eyes. He gets a warm, sympathetic ovation as he walks down the tunnel. Elneny takes his place.
70 minutes: Bellerin is on the ground and unfortunately it looks serious. There seemed to be no contact as he went down on his own, and he immediately grabbed his left leg. He is being loaded on a stretcher.
68 minutes: Changes all around. Arsenal replaces Ramsey and Lacazette with Maitland-Niles and Iwobi, while Chelsea exchanges Willian for Giroud. A strange one from Sarri; Willians saw one of Chelsea's biggest dangers this evening.
66 minutes: Barkley has a dig that catches poor Koscielny in the fruit bowl. Ooyah, oof.
65 min: Chelsea are suddenly rocking seriously. Aubameyang sends Bellerin to the right. He has Lacazette in the middle and waits to intervene. He allows Rudiger, however, to divert the cross for a corner, which leads to a moment. How is that 2: 0?
64 minutes: And now Kolasinac bombards the inner left channel into the Chelsea box! He only has to defeat Kepa, but the angle is tight, so he's looking for Torreira in the middle. Alonso is on hand to make the final release!
63 min: First of all, Barkley replaces Kovacic. Then Torreira takes the free kick and swings him to the far post where Aubameyang just can not make a connection.
62 min: A beautiful Arsenal train from right to left with Xhaka, Guendouzi and Kolasinac. Lacazette finally jibs left and is jabbered by Jorginho. A free kick in a very dangerous position.
61 min: Chelsea begins to push back Arsenal. The hosts are fighting for the third third. Willian sees a great deal on the left; He drops a shoulder and pushes in before his shot is blocked by the edge of the box, and gently jumps toward Leno.
59 min: Hazard plays the cutest return in the left interior channel, which Kovacic is released into the area. Kovacic pulls you back, but Koscielny bends down to push the cross down with his chest and Bellerin releases the falling ball.
57 min: Willian dribbles left again. Upon reaching the sideline, he is arrested by Sokratis's slide. The ball bumps against the Chelsea winger, and Arsenal's defender, who clenched his fist, celebrates the duel like a goal.
56 min: His mood almost improved as Willian stormed down the left and retreated for Pedro, who broke away from Guendouzi. But Pedro cuts wildly from the edge of the box over the bar.
55 min: Azpilicueta moves right out of the arsenal. But all in blue are back on their heels and it is a slight interception for Torreira. On the sidelines, Sarri continues to smoke, waving his arms and yelling at his players.
53 min: Willian finds some time and space left below. His cross is deflected ... but for a kick Alonso hits in the back, who was about to do it. Chelsea starts to look a bit frustrated. "Emery justifies the tactical decision to skip Ozil when the team deals with, expresses, attacks and plays with so much energy," notes William Hargreaves. "See. Aubameyang hunts back. "
51 min: And luck was also on her side. There is Koscielny's gate, and now Torreira is terribly cutting on the edge of his own area, just so the ball escapes all the nearby blue shirts and falls into the grateful arms of Leno.
50 minutes: An all-powerful fight in the arsenal box where Willian, Hazard and Jorginho make their presence felt. But they can not afford a chance to shoot, and the ball eventually goes into the arms of Leno. Chelsea had the majority of the property this evening, but Arsenal still looks good.
48 minutes: Hazard probes on the left, but there are not many options for him. He finally lies down to Willian, who hits a pass through the channel and expects Hazard to be there as well. But even the Belgian maestro can not be in two places at the same time.
47 min: Kolasinac drives down the left wing a few times. At the first opportunity he would have found Ramsey almost with a cutback, the second he was set aside. Both times he was in acres. Chelsea has to be smart about it.
Here we go again! Chelsea goes into the second half. There were no changes at halftime. The visitors were sent out early by Maurizio Sarri, who may have given his team some advice during the break.
Half-life Arsenal are back in fifth place, three points behind Chelsea and ahead of Manchester United on goal difference. Whatever happens in the second half, the race for Europe is getting hotter.
Halftime: Arsenal 2: 0 Chelsea
A very satisfying first half for the Gunners, who were by far the better team. Chelsea had his moments, but never really got going. They will need a big improvement in the second half if they want to make a big comeback.
45 min +1: In the first of two added minutes, Hazard jams the free-kick on the near post, where Koscielny can easily handle it. Within seconds the ball is completely back with Kepa.
45 minutes: Willian takes it. Alonso rises in the right corner of the six-yard box and sends a header over Leno and the left post down! Arsenal hacks clear, only to confess a free kick on the left side of the area.
44 minutes: Hazard drums hard left, reaches the sideline and whips a deep cross through the six-yard box. Pedro can not be far away at the post. But the ball is recycled and Koscielny has to bundle it for a corner. This set piece on the right leads to another one. From those ...
43 minutes: Chelsea gives up the ball easily. This time, Lacazette allows to intentionally move into enemy territory. Chelsea are in the back and the striker has options on both sides. But he is trapped between passing and shooting, and he does not. On the line Maurizio Sarri looks a bit more than irritated.