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Mikel Arteta mentioned Arsenal would “concentrate on ourselves” forward of kick-off at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, when requested how his crew deliberate to deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Striker Aubameyang spent 4 years at Emirates Stadium, earlier than his time on the membership ended with him being shuffled off to Barcelona in February.

Having propelled Arsenal to FA Cup success in Arteta’s first half-season on the helm in 2020, membership captain Aubameyang was rewarded with a brand new contract. But the next marketing campaign introduced simply 14 targets and, by December final 12 months, Aubameyang was out of the image having fallen out with, and out of the favor of, Arsenal’s supervisor.

After his short-lived, however profitable, spell at Barcelona, ​​Aubameyang is again within the Premier League with Chelsea, and the main focus forward of Sunday’s London derby was on how he would match up towards his outdated membership.

Sixty-four minutes, eight touches, 5 accomplished passes and only one shot, which was blocked, later, we had our reply – Aubameyang subbed off by Graham Potter, a minute after Arsenal had taken the lead because of Gabriel Magalhaes’ aim, with the Gunners holding out to return to the Premier League’s summit.

Auba’s dismal reunion embodies toothless Chelsea show

Arsenal have discovered Stamford Bridge a contented looking floor in latest seasons. They’re unbeaten at Chelsea within the high flight since December 2018, and have gained on their final three league journeys to the house of their London rivals.

They triumphed 4-2 within the corresponding match final time period, which was the final time Chelsea had misplaced on dwelling turf, however the Blues have been by far second-best on Sunday.

Chelsea, overwhelmed 4-1 by Potter’s former aspect Brighton and Hove Albion final week, managed simply 5 makes an attempt at aim, their fewest in a Premier League recreation at Stamford Bridge since September final 12 months, in a loss to Manchester Metropolis.

Aubameyang scored 68 targets in 128 Premier League video games for Arsenal, together with one towards the Blues in December 2019, however he by no means threatened to grow to be simply the second participant to attain for each side on this fixture within the Premier League (excluding personal targets), after Cesc Fabregas.

His efficiency summed up Chelsea’s blunt assault, with Mason Mount managing just one try and creating only one likelihood, whereas Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling additionally struggled.

Arsenal, in distinction, had 14 pictures, and whereas solely two hit the goal, they did what title contenders do and floor out a giant end result.

Jesus setting the tone

Gabriel Jesus was introduced in to fill the void left by Aubameyang, and the place Chelsea’s 33-year-old middle ahead floundered, the Brazil worldwide excelled on the different finish.

Jesus may not have scored within the league because the begin of October, but the 25-year-old’s affect can’t be ignored.

He had three pictures, as many as Chelsea’s beginning entrance 4 mixed, and 62 touches. Solely defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Thiago Silva (71 and 69) had extra on Chelsea’s crew.

Jesus’ 26 duels led the match, with no participant competing for extra aerials (six). A combative show noticed the Arsenal quantity 9 concede a joint-game-high three fouls, however he additionally gained 4, greater than every other participant on the pitch, whereas solely Bukayo Saka (three) created extra possibilities than the ex-Manchester Metropolis striker .

Arsenal, the actual deal in spite of everything?

Chelsea didn’t lose back-to-back Premier League video games in any respect beneath Potter’s predecessor Thomas Tuchel, however the Blues at the moment are and not using a win in 4 top-flight matches.

Whereas Chelsea are undoubtedly struggling to click on into gear, take nothing away from Arsenal. This crew are purring, and Blues proprietor Todd Boehly ought to look to the Gunners’ instance of sticking with a younger coach, with an outlined challenge, as to only what can occur with sustained help.

Metropolis’s late winner towards Fulham on Saturday may have dealt Arsenal’s confidence a blow, however as an alternative they made one other assertion of intent.

“From the beginning till the top, we deserved to win, we have been a a lot, significantly better crew,” Granit Xhaka rightly mentioned in his post-match interview with BT Sport.

“We’re so comfortable, we’re doing every part the coach is telling us. These are the outcomes.”

Arsenal have gained three consecutive Premier League video games towards fellow ‘massive six’ opposition for the primary time since February-April 2012, whereas the Gunners – on 34 factors from their 13 matches – are the primary aspect to win 10 top-flight away video games at Chelsea.

They continue to be the one aspect to have scored in each top-flight match this time period, whereas no groups have stored extra clear sheets than the Gunners (six).

There’s one potential complication for Arsenal, after all. The World Cup break is looming, and who is aware of if this momentum shall be right here by the point the league resumes in late December.

For now, although, their followers, gamers and beforehand much-maligned supervisor – who marked his a hundred and fiftieth recreation in cost in model – can indulge in deserved adulation.


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