Eddie Nketiah scored a brace to help Arsenal produce one of the high-scoring football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Nketiah opened the scoring in the 13th minute before Timo Werner equalized in the 17th minute. Smith-Rowe gave the visitors the lead in the 27th minute before Caesar Azpilicueta equalized five minutes later. Nketiah scored his second in the 57th minute before Bukayo Saka sealed the three points in the second minute of stoppage time.
Chelsea: Mendy (6), Alonso (6), Christensen (4), Kante (6), Lukaku (5), Werner (7), Loftus-Cheek (7), Mount (6), James (6), Azpilicueta (5), Sarr (5).
Subs: Silva (6), Havertz (6), Ziyech (n/a).
Arsenal: Ramsdale (6), White (7), Gabriel (7), Saka (8), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (7), Holding (7), Tavares (6), Elneny (8), Nketiah (8), Xhaka (8).
Subs: Martinelli (6), Cedric Soares (n/a), Lacazette (n/a).
Man of the match: Eddie Nketiah
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “It was a totally wild and open game in the first half, already at 2-2 after we came back twice. We had a good start but again gave the first goal away, which is impossible to do these things in consecutive matches. But we’re doing it. We came back twice and we scored another two in the second half, unfortunately for the wrong side. It’s a level of mistakes, the number of mistakes in consecutive games here at home, it’s impossible at this kind of level.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta: “I said to the players, if you want to be playing Champions League football, you have to go these stadiums and beat the top teams. So they have done it and I’m really proud of them, but I’m more proud of how we’ve reacted as a group in the past weeks. That gives me more energy to be here. What I love is the spirit of these players. When you lose matches, you get punished, you get criticized but for these players, I don’t care because it’s so worth it.”
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