By Adebayo Williams
Arsenal came out triumphant against their London rivals Chelsea in their Premier League clash on Saturday. The Gunners, on the back of an impressive show of squad depth in their EFL Cup clash at Nottingham Forest, started on a bright note as Alexis Sanchez pounced on a mis-hit back pass by Gary Cahill to put the North London side ahead on 11 minutes. The Gunners were certainly having a cruise as mouth-watering combination from Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi led to Theo Walcott converting Hector Bellerin’s low cross from the right side of play.
Arsene Wenger’s men enjoyed a boost in confidence while Chelsea whithered away to the pressure. The game was sealed when Ozil made a classy turn around Chelsea’s much touted ‘ironman’, N’Golo Kante, to raise towards goal. His well calculated pass to Sanchez was returned and the German sent his volley cracking into the right corner off the post.
Granit Xhaka replaced Francis Coquelin in the 34th minute after the combative midfielder went down after blocking Kante’s shot. Arsenal continued to run the Blues ragged but failed to capitalise with Thibaut Courtois having to yell at his defenders on more than two occasions.
Chelsea had a tough day at the office as Cesc Fabregas was neutralised and had to make way for Marcos Alonso as Conte switched formation to 3-5-2 to contain the rampaging Gunners. Their creative players, Eden Hazard and Willian looked dazed and failed to create any chance to get back into the game.
The game is Arsenal’s first win over their London rivals in the Premier League since October 2011.