LONDON (AP) — Arsenal’s shocking title problem within the Premier League reveals no indicators of slowing down.
If something, a 1-0 win at Chelsea on Sunday solely underlined that this Arsenal workforce would be the strongest in years.
Gabriel’s second-half aim was sufficient to maintain Mikel Arteta’s workforce prime of the league desk after a efficiency that was extra dominant than the scoreline would possibly counsel.
The Brazilian centre-back was readily available to steer in a nook from Bukayo Saka within the 63rd minute at Stamford Bridge towards a toothless Chelsea facet.
“From the begin to the top, I feel we deserved to win right this moment,” Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka mentioned. “We have been the a lot, a lot, a lot better workforce right this moment. We’re so completely happy that all the pieces goes properly for the time being.”
Very well, in actual fact.
This was Arsenal’s eleventh win in 13 league matches and lifts the Gunners again atop the standings, two factors forward of Manchester Metropolis, which had taken the in a single day lead with a last-gasp win towards Fulham on Saturday. It additionally sends an excellent stronger message to Metropolis that Arsenal is more likely to be their foremost challenger for the title this season after including this consequence to earlier victories towards Liverpool and Tottenham.
For Chelsea, although, it was one other disappointing efficiency that can add to strain on supervisor Graham Potter, particularly coming off a 4-1 loss at his former membership Brighton final week.
Arsenal was in management for many of the sport and will have already got been forward by the break had Gabriel Jesus not prolonged his aim drought to a ninth straight sport in all competitions by spurning the perfect likelihood of the primary half by heading large from shut vary.
Chelsea, in the meantime, hardly ever threatened even after falling behind — though a driving rain that fell for the final 20 minutes turned the top of the sport into extra of a slog. Former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, dealing with the Gunners for the primary time since leaving the membership for Barcelona in January, was saved quiet till he was taken off simply after the opening aim.
Arsenal was on the entrance foot for many of an up-tempo first half, however couldn’t drive a save from Chelsea goalkeeper Eduoard Mendy. Ben White shot narrowly large from simply inside the realm within the tenth minute, Gabriel Martinelli curled a long-range strike simply off track within the seventeenth and Jesus had a shot blocked by Thiago Silva after stealing the ball from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and dribbling into the realm within the twentieth.
Jesus then spurned the perfect likelihood within the twenty ninth when he couldn’t join with a cross from Martinelli, glancing a header properly large.
Chelsea hardly ever threatened till Kai Havertz ran onto a ball within the space within the thirty fourth however may solely drive a routine save from Aaron Ramsdale.
Ultimately, it was a defender who broke the impasse.
Saka’s nook evaded a number of gamers because it bounced within the space earlier than it was became the highest of the online by Gabriel.
Saka had an opportunity to double the lead within the 68th however blasted properly over the bar from a tough angle.
Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard additionally spurned a great likelihood after being despatched by way of on aim by Jesus on a fast counterattack, lifting his shot excessive after chopping inside.