The Chelsea Development Squad have suffered a second consecutive defeat in the Premier League 2 after being beaten 3-1 by Arsenal at Stamford Bridge this evening.
The visitors raced into a 3-0 lead within 45 minutes at The Bridge and while Chelsea pulled a goal back in the second half, it was too little, too late for Joe Edwards’ men.
It took The Gunners just eight minutes to break the deadlock when Bukayo Saka played in Eddie Nketiah and the striker fired his effort beyond Blues keeper Karlo Ziger into the back of the net.
The North Londoners extended their lead just before the half hour when Nketiah proved to be too clever for the Chelsea defence and he struck an impressive strike into the top corner before the same player crossed for Carl Jenkinson to tap in a third.
The second half saw Arsenal keeper Arthur Okonkwo come close to handing Chelsea an easy goal but he recovered just in time to claim the ball before he did well to deny both Luke McCormick and Conor Gallagher.
At the other end, Ziger palmed away a Saka shot before Tariq Uwakwe’s effort drew an excellent save from Okonkwo and Gallagher struck a shot against the post.
Jordi Osei-Tutu was unlucky not to make it 4-0 to The Gunners when his goal-bound effort was headed off the line by Joseph Colley before Daishawn Redan struck a consolation goal for Chelsea with seven minutes to go after Okonkwo saved Uwakwe’s initial shot.
Chelsea complete their campaign with a trip to Brighton & Hove Albion in a fortnight’s time.