Last time out against Chelsea

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Post-Match Report

Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal: How it happened

Sokratis

Chelsea -

Stamford Bridge
Premier League
Premier League
  Chelsea
      
              Pedro (9)
               Morata (20)
               Marcos Alonso (81)
          
   crest
Chelsea
Pedro (9) Morata (20) Marcos Alonso (81)
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  Arsenal
      
                  Mkhitaryan (37)
                   Iwobi (41)
            
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Arsenal
Mkhitaryan (37)
Iwobi (41)

WHAT HAPPENED

 We suffered a late defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to leave Unai Emery still looking for his first points in charge.
 
The winning goal came nine minutes from time, undoing all the good work from a pulsating opening 45 minutes, when we struck twice in four minutes to level up after a disastrous start.
 
The first half was non-stop action. Chelsea began positively in their first home game of the season, and were soon a goal to the good. The gaps in our defence were far too big, as Marcos Alonso burst free on the left and fed the ball into an unmarked Pedro to slot home.
 
Our defending was unconvincing, but we looked dangerous going forward, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a glorious chance to level but uncharacteristically blazed well over.
 
The mistake was compounded just seconds later when Morata ran on to another long ball and slotted past Petr Cech.

Micki finish at Chelsea

Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalises at Stamford Bridge

 
The mood was hardly helped by another wasted opportunity as Henrikh Mkhitaryan skied one, but the Armenian made amends when he tucked home a wonderful left-footed shot from the edge of the area.
 
We were revitalised, and four minutes later drew level as a dangerous cutback  fell invitingly at the feet of Alex Iwobi to thump home.
 
The half-time interval seemed to halt our momentum. Chelsea enjoyed more possession after the restart, and created more chances, but our defence were far more compact.
 
That was until substitute Eden Hazard escaped down the left wing and picked out Alonso at the near post to tuck home the winner.

Iwobi finish at Chelsea

Alex Iwobi equalises


HOW IT HAPPENED

See how Emery's first away game in charge played out with our minute-by-minute commentary.
 

WHAT’S NEXT

It's back home for another London derby next Saturday, this time against West Ham, with an early return to Emirates Stadium for Jack Wilshere.
 
Then it's Cardiff away before the first international break of the season, and time to take stock four games into the Emery era.

Quotes

'There's no success without making mistakes'

Henrik Mkhitaryan

There is a saying in American sports, made famous by the Philadelphia 76ers: "Trust the process".

That is exactly what Henrikh Mkhitaryan echoed after our defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, as we try to implement a new style under Unai Emery.

This is what the Armenian said:

on the game…
We didn’t start very well, conceded two goals, but then afterwards we found ourselves, believed in ourselves and then started playing better than them. We scored twice to equalise, scoring two goals in 10 minutes, and then maybe we had another two chances to score to win the game. Unfortunately we didn’t take them. The second half was difficult because we looked a little bit tired and we didn’t create the opportunities to score. In the end, they scored the third goal and it was hard for us to come back. We did everything we could and I want to thank my team-mates.
 
on the defensive mistakes…
There is no success without making mistakes. Obviously we have to play and we have to try. If we try, we can do whatever we plan to do. If we don’t try, then we’re not going to play football. That’s why we had lots of mistakes, because we’re trying. I’m pretty sure that in the next games we’ll have better results and play better football.
 
on a tough start to the season…
We won’t face Chelsea and Manchester City in the next games, so it doesn’t make a difference who we’re playing now. It’s a very good opportunity for us to play against them and see what level we are at, what mistakes we’re making and looking at the next step to improve and be better.