Gabriel Magalhaes’s second-half aim made the distinction because the Gunners transfer forward of Manchester Metropolis.
Arsenal have leapfrogged Manchester Metropolis to retake the highest spot within the English Premier League with a 1-0 win within the rain over London rivals Chelsea.
After a largely equally matched first half on Sunday that noticed just one shot on the right track – Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey comfortably saving an effort from Kai Havertz – the second interval noticed the match come to life with a aim poked in by Gabriel Magalhaes, changing a nook from Bukayo Saka.
“We deserved to win right this moment,” stated Arsenal’s Grant Xhaka after the match. “We had been a lot, a lot, a lot the higher crew. We’re doing what the coaches inform us, and these are the outcomes. After the season no person asks you the way you win in November, December or January. You’re simply attempting to get a whole lot of factors, and let’s see the place we find yourself.”
Cheers and jeers for Aubameyang
There have been hugs earlier than kick-off for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Xhaka embracing the previous Arsenal star whose poor relationship with supervisor Mikel Arteta led to his departure from the membership within the January switch window.
However the sentiment was not shared by Arsenal followers, who booed the ex-Gunner every time he ventured near the away finish.
Raheem Sterling’s piercing cross within the ninth minute received Havertz in behind Arsenal’s again line, however the German’s butchered conversion left Chelsea supervisor Graham Potter a pissed off determine on the sidelines.
Some entertaining head tennis within the opening interval gave Ben White an opportunity to shine in Arsenal’s defence.
An lively Arsenal lastly provoked a response from Chelsea after 20 minutes, with a mazy run by Gabriel Jesus thwarted by Thiago Silva, earlier than a Mason Mount shot was blocked on the different finish. Abruptly, Stamford Bridge stadium had woken up and the sport was beginning to bubble away properly.
A yellow card for Aubameyang after a trademark late problem on Mason Mount gave Marc Cucurella an opportunity to ship a free kick in direction of the far submit, however Trevoh Chalobah may do little with it as Chelsea began to regulate the sport a little bit extra after a vibrant begin from Arteta’s males.
The Gunners ought to have been up after 29 minutes, however a golden alternative for Jesus was missed because the striker may solely get the slightest of touches together with his header on the again submit. Half an hour in, and Arsenal had been definitely inflicting Chelsea issues down their proper flank.
The breakthrough lastly got here after 62 minutes, when Chelsea didn’t cope with a Saka nook that sailed previous the lads in blue, for a grateful Jesus to make contact and jab the ball house into the online.
The win ship Arteta’s facet again to the summit of the Premier League. Chelsea, in the meantime, look misplaced underneath Potter and appear to be getting worse reasonably than higher after an preliminary run of excellent outcomes.
The Gunners are trying the true deal. Greater than deserve their lead.
— Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) November 6, 2022