Arsenal Beat Chelsea To Keep Top Four Hope Alive

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Arsenal gave their push for a top four finish a big boost following a 2-0 win against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Two first half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny saw the Gunners bounce back from last weekend’s loss to West Ham.

Arsenal deservedly took the lead in the 14th minute through Alexandre Lacazette who brilliantly controlled Hector Bellerin’s swung in cross from a corner, went past two markers before firing into the back of the net.

In the 39th minute, Arsenal were 2-0 up as Sokratis Papasthadopoulos’s cross with the outside of his right foot, came off Laurent Koscielny’s shoulder and sailed into the net. 

Chelsea came out more purposeful in the second half but could not break down a resolute Arsenal defence.

Unai Emery’s suffered another defensive injury blow as Hector Bellerin went off injured in the 72nd minute and was replaced by Mohamed Elneny.

The win was Arsenal’s second in their last 15 league games against Chelsea with their last win coming at the Emirates in September 2016 (3-0).

Arsenal are now back in fifth position on 44 points, just three points behind Chelsea who are fourth on the league table.

 

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