Premier League 2018-19: 3 reasons why Arsenal won 2-0 against Chelsea
Saturday night's North London Derby between Arsenal and Chelsea saw the hosts secure a comfortable 2-0 win over an abject Chelsea side. The win saw Unai Emery's side reduce the gap between fourth and fifth spot to just three points, setting up an exciting race for the fourth spot.
The Gunners started off with great intent and almost took the lead through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the fourth minute. Their positive approach saw them take the lead through Alexander Lacazette in the 14th minute as the Frenchman lashed a powerful shot from close range to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga on his near post.
Arsenal doubled their lead six minutes from half time through Laurent Koscielny after his attempted header beat a rooted Kepa. The second half was a relatively low key affair in which Chelsea enjoyed a major share of possession, but could not create clear cut chances to test Bernd Leno. Arsenal defended valiantly and secured a well deserved three points over their rivals.
On that note, let us take a look at the three reasons why Arsenal won against Chelsea.
#3 Arsenal's positive start lay the foundation for a well-deserved win
Unai Emery made three changes from the side that suffered a 0-1 loss against West Ham in the previous game week, with Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, and Aaron Ramsey replacing Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkodran Mustafi, and Alex Iwobi respectively.
Right from kickoff, Arsenal heaped pressure on Chelsea, forcing Jorginho to concede possession in the early minutes which led to a Ramsey half chance. Arsenal's midfield was disciplined from the beginning and did not allow the likes of Kovacic and Kante to control the tempo.
On the other hand, Chelsea looked shaky at the back, which saw Lacazette and Aubameyang find lots of space to exploit. The strikers made some brilliant runs behind the Chelsea defence which resulted in Arsenal having their first clear chance in the fourth minute when Aubameyang failed to score from Lacazette's pass.
Arsenal stifled Chelsea's advances and were rewarded for their positive approach when Alexandre Lacazette gave his side the lead in the 14th minute after smashing home from close range. After the restart, Chelsea had a brief spell of possession where they looked dangerous but were dealt with well by Arsenal's sturdy defense.
Overall, Arsenal punished Chelsea for being sloppy and starting on a positive note helped them lay the foundation for a well-deserved win over their rivals.