Arsenal closed the gap between themselves and London rivals Chelsea in the English Premier League table to just three points after beating The Blues 2-0 at The Emirates Stadium this evening.
Maurizio Sarri’s Blues side were poor throughout and despite having the lions’ share of possession, they managed just a single shot on target during the entire 90 minutes.
The home side started well and Laurent Koscielny called Blues keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga into action early on but he couldn’t direct his header either side of the Spaniard.
Arsenal didn’t have to wait long to net the opening goal of the game. Following a corner kick, the ball fell to Hector Bellerin who swung in a cross and Alexandre Lacazette was on hand to fire in from a difficult angle, an impressive finish from the Frenchman.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then tested Arrizabalaga with a sharp shot after being teed up by Granit Xhaka while Aaron Ramsey also tried his luck from range without success.
Unai Emery’s side doubled their lead six minutes before the break when Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ cross into the box was met by Koscielny and the defender made no mistake from close range.
Chelsea were dismal in attack during the opening 45 minutes but Marcos Alonso was inches away from levelling matters just before the half-time whistle when he saw a headed effort strike the post.
The Blues’ poor first half was replicated in the second period. The good news was that Arsenal were not to extend their lead, however, home keeper Bernd Leno remain a virtual spectator.
Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard all fired efforts wide of the target as Sarri’s side desperately tried to rescue a point before Alonso registered Chelsea’s only shot on target of the entire match eight minutes from time, a shot which Leno was equal to.
The home created little during the second half but it didn’t matter one bit as they cruised to an important three points.