Arsenal were certainly second-favourites heading into the London Derby versus Chelsea but did more than enough to overturn the odds.
Arsenal claimed an impressive win over Chelsea on the Boxing Day’s London Derby by a 3-1 margin at the Emirates Stadium. A terrific performance from Mikel Arteta’s men helped them to only their second win in 11 Premier League fixtures.
The hosts started on the front foot right from the first whistle and their pursuit of a go-ahead goal paid off when Kieran Tierney earned a penalty, which Alexandre Lacazette converted. Soon after, Granit Xhaka struck a solid freekick to make it 2-0.
Bukayo Saka also joined the party in the second half as he scored with the aid of the post from a very tight angle. Tammy Abraham pulled a goal back in the second half but Jorginho missed a penalty and eventual chance to drag the Blues back into contention.
Here are three talking points from an enticing clash between two fierce rivals.
UNDER-FIRE PLAYERS HELP ARSENAL TO THREE POINTS
Mikel Arteta came into the match under an immense amount of pressure as did Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka. The players have been questioned for their inconsistencies of late and a poor run of form. However, both of them did turn up on the occasion of occasions with a goal apiece to pave the path for a massive victory.
Lacazette played as an out-and-out striker and scored a penalty while Xhaka scored an unstoppable freekick. While the Frenchman used the ball really well up front on other instances, his Swiss teammate played key with his defensive work in the midfield despite getting away with a very clumsy foul early in the match.