Arsenal gifted a goal by Jorginho , completely shut Chelsea out in the second half to escape Stamford Bridge with all three points on Wednesday.
Arsenal battled their way to their first victory at Stamford Bridge in 10 years with a dogged, hard-working display against Chelsea on Wednesday, thanks to Emile Smith Rowe’s early winner. Chelsea had the chance to take the lead after Pablo Mari’s error allowed Kai Havertz in on goal, only for the Blues’ forward to smash his shot over.
Minutes later the hosts then found themselves picking the ball out of their own net after a calamitous mistake by Jorginho led to Smith Rowe breaking the deadlock with a simple tap-in. Bernd Leno was kept busy at the other end, denying Havertz before parrying a low cross by Ben Chilwell as Chelsea threatened to equalize.
Havertz then went over twice in the penalty area at the start of the second half but neither referee Andre Marriner nor the VAR saw any issue despite the protests from blue shirts. Christian Pulisic then had the ball in the net on the hour mark as he bundled home Havertz’s flick from a corner only for his goal to be disallowed correctly for offside.
Arsenal frustrated them and snuffed out any attacks with resilient defending to eventually get the full rewards, but only after a late scare when the Blues rattled the woodwork twice in the closing minutes. Here are the three talking points from the match.
ARSENAL WERE GIFTED A WIN THROUGH INDIVIDUAL ERRORS
You’d have thought Havertz’s miss would have been the blooper of the match, but Jorginho very much stole the limelight with his own howler. The Blues’ midfielder looked once but not twice to see where his goalkeeper was positioned and sent his wayward back-pass fizzing towards his net as Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambled to keep it out.
Fortunately for Jorginho, Kepa managed to do so, though unfortunately only as far as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who cut it back for Smith Rowe to finish. In the space of six minutes, Chelsea had fallen behind when they should have had the lead, and it was all their own doing. Thomas Tuchel will not be too bothered in all honesty, considering that such mistakes rarely ever happen.