Arsenal ended a nine-game run without a win against Chelsea in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over the Blues on Saturday evening.
The first shot on goal came on four minutes. It was the home side who threatened goal first as Santi Cazorla’s effort from the edge of the area was palmed away from Thibaut Courtois. On nine minutes Alexis Sanchez saw an effort on goal deflect over the bar.
The Gunners took the lead on 11 minutes. Alexis Sanchez robbed Gary Cahill of the ball raced forward and dinked the ball over Courtois. The home side doubled their lead three minutes later. Alex Iwobi slid the ball through to Hector Bellerin, whose cross found Theo Walcott and the winger had the easiest of finishes.
On 19 minutes the Gunners came forward again through Sanchez, who wasted a good opportunity with Walcott in support. The Blues offered their first threat on goal on 21 minutes. Diego Costa held the ball up and found Willian, who saw a low effort go just wide of goal.
On 31 minutes Sanchez saw a free-kick deflect off the wall and go over the Chelsea bar. On 39 minutes Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny produced a superb block from a Costa effort on goal. The Gunners made it three on 40 minutes.
It was a superb goal. Mesut Ozil beat N’Golo Kante with quick feet, played the ball into Sanchez who found Ozil and the German volleyed past Courtois. In first half stoppage-time, Eden Hazard hit the side-netting from a tight angle with a volley.
The Gunners had the first attack of the second half on 53 minutes, as Walcott’s cross from a tight angle went just over Sanchez’s head. Just past the hour mark Chelsea, striker Diego Costa failed to hit the target with a header from near the penalty spot.
The Gunners had another attempt on goal the 69th minute. Iwobi laid the ball off to Walcott whose effort was well saved by Courtois. The visitors had a chance to get a consolation goal on 84 minutes. David Luiz produced a superb through-ball to find Michy Batshuayi who advanced on goal but saw his effort on goal saved by Petr Cech.
That was the last real effort on goal as the Gunners claimed a comfortable and highly satisfying victory over Antonio Conte’s team.
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