Emile Smith Rowe has now scored in two consecutive Premier League games
Chelsea missed an opportunity to consolidate their place in the top four when Emile Smith Rowe’s second Premier League goal in so many games helped Arsenal win.
The only goal of the game came in the first half due to a terrible mistake by Jorginho. The midfielder misjudged a back pass that was in danger of slipping over the line before Kepa Arrizabalaga managed to scrape the ball away, but only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who took Smith Rowe in.
From then on, Chelsea dominated when Mason Mount ran twice and a volley was blocked in the penalty area before England international Bernd Leno made a good save.
Christian Pulisic thought he would have equalized every hour on the hour but his goal was ruled offside by the assistant referee, while substitute Olivier Giroud should have done better after a mistake by Mohamed Elneny.
The hosts were then excruciatingly close to saving a point in stoppage time twice when Leno hit Kurt Zouma’s header on the crossbar before Giroud’s volley ricocheted off the wood, but Arsenal held on to score the three points.
The win also meant the Gunners double over the blues for the first time in 17 years to bolster their own hopes that they will play European football next season.
Chelsea remain fourth with 64 points, six ahead of West Ham and seven ahead of Liverpool, who have two games on Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are in eighth place and just one point behind Tottenham in seventh place despite having played one more game.
The day off for Chelsea gives hope to chase the pack
Christian Pulisic had excluded a goal from VAR for offside for Chelsea
Chelsea have been very impressive under Tuchel and while the immediate goal is to collect the points it takes to get a top 4 result this season, signs are good that they will be titles next season- Should be challengers.
The two-legged win over Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals showed how difficult it is to beat a team, but that game also showed that they can be their worst enemy at times.
Jorginho’s mistakes in attempting a blind back pass to Kepa were the eighth time the Blues made mistakes that resulted in Premier League goals conceded this season, a number only Liverpool (nine) and Chelsea are most in a single league campaign since 2015-16.
Even so, Chelsea had plenty of opportunities to score but were wasteful in front of goal. Kai Havertz should have scored before Smith Rowe started, but was successful in a duel, while Giroud also had a good chance of equalizing in the second half.
Chelsea had maybe half a head in Saturday’s FA Cup final against Leicester and they are still in a great position to finish in the top four but the loss – only their third under Tuchel – will give hope to the pursuer.
Liverpool’s next two games are away for Manchester United and West Brom’s relegation. If they want to win this, they are only one point behind Chelsea as there are two games left.
A welcome win but still a lot for Arsenal to do
A win against a strong Chelsea team is certainly a very good result that will keep Arsenal hopes alive of not missing out on European football for the first time in 27 seasons.
The performance was disappointing for long periods of time as, aside from Smith Rowe’s tap-in after Jorginho’s mistake, they struggled to create something special having spent most of the game in their own half.
But to their credit, they were organized in defense, especially when they came under pressure late and although they rode their luck at times, it was another positive result as the Gunners try to overcome the disappointment of not reaching the Europa League final, to leave behind.
Arsenal are still a long way from a team that will soon be battling for the top 4 again, but they have now won three Premier League wins in a row and with the remaining games against Crystal Palace and Brighton they have the possibility of an overwhelming season to quit in a positive way.
Double the joy for Arsenal – the statistics
- Arsenal completed their first Premier League double against Chelsea since the 2003/04 season, while this was their first league win at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, ending an eight-win run there (D2 L6).
- Arsenal have won three away games in a row in the Premier League without conceding a goal under Arsene Wenger for the first time since May 2013.
- Arsenal have had a different player under the age of 21 in each of the last three Premier League games against Chelsea – Gabriel Martinelli in January 2020, Bukayo Saka in December 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe tonight.
- Billy Gilmour has started each of Chelsea’s last three Premier League games. The 19-year-old is the first Scottish teenager to have played three consecutive top matches for Blackburn Rovers since Grant Hanley. This run ends on New Years Day 2011.
- Chelsea have conceded 26 goals in 19 Premier League games when Antonio Rüdiger has not yet started this season, while only seven goals were conceded in the 17 games in which the German started.
- Chelsea’s Mason Mount had more chances than any other player (four), bringing their season record to 82; Only Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has created more in the Premier League this season (92).
Chelsea are focused on the FA Cup Final as they face Leicester at Wembley on Saturday, May 15 (5:15 p.m. CET). Arsenal will be up next on Wednesday, May 19 (7:00 p.m. CET) when they travel to Crystal Palace for the Premier League.
Player of the game
- 28AzpilicuetaReplaced byZiyechat the 78 ‘protocol
- 6thThiago Silva
- 23GilmourReplaced byHudson-Odoiat the 45 ‘protocol
- 29HavertzReplaced byGiroudat the 65 ‘protocol
- 7thSaysReplaced byBellerinat the 66 ‘protocolReplaced byChambersat the 88 ‘protocol
- 18thpartyBooked at 90 minutes
- 32Smith Rowe
- 14thAubameyangReplaced byLacazetteat the 79 ‘protocol
- 17thCédric Soares
End of game, Chelsea 0, Arsenal 1.
The second half ends, Chelsea 0, Arsenal 1.
Corner of Chelsea. The corner was created by Kieran Tierney.
Attempt blocked. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Prepared by Jorginho.
Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Prepared by Reece James.
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) went under, but the referee thinks it’s a simulation.
Corner of Chelsea. The corner was caused by Thomas Partey.
Attempt blocked. Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Offside Chelsea. Mason Mount attempts a pass, but Callum Hudson-Odoi is caught offside.
Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.
Attempt saved. Kurt Zouma’s (Chelsea) header from the center of the box is saved in the top center of the goal. Prepared by Hakim Ziyech.
Corner of Chelsea. The corner was created by Kieran Tierney.
Substitution, Arsenal. Calum Chambers replaces Héctor Bellerín due to injury.
Attempt saved. Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the lower right corner. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi with a cross.
Corner of Chelsea. The corner was scored by Héctor Bellerín.
Missed attempt. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) header from the center of the box misses the goal to the left. Assisted by Reece James with a cross.
Offside Chelsea. Callum Hudson-Odoi attempts a pass, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.
Substitution, Arsenal. Alexandre Lacazette is replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Substitution, Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech replaces César Azpilicueta.