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A. Lokonga
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R. Holding
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R. James
M. Mount
0 - 2
Pablo Marí
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R. Lukaku
R. James
0 - 1

Match Stats

35% 65%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 5
Total Passes 335 646
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Arsenal are next in action against West Brom on the road in the EFL Cup on Wednesday. Chelsea face another early-season test against Liverpool at Anfield next Saturday in the Premier League.
Chelsea ease to their second win in a row in the Premier League by defeating Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Romelu Lukaku marked his second debut for the Blues by scoring the opener with a close-range finish from Reece James' cross. James then notched the second himself with a crisp strike into the top-left corner. The Gunners struggled to break down the visitors, and could not even find one goal to forge a way back into the game as they slumped to their second defeat of the campaign. 
90' Lukaku tries to connect with a cross from Alonso from the left flank, but he cannot turn his header towards goal.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
T. Werner
K. Havertz
90' Werner replaces Havertz for the closing stages of the contest.
88' Ziyech makes a break towards the edge of the Arsenal box and shapes to shoot on his left foot. Holding acts to divert his effort over the bar.
87' CHANCE! Lukaku sends Havertz through on goal in the Arsenal box. The German goes for a strike from a tight angle, but Leno denies the forward with his feet before the loose ball is scrambled away.
85' Ziyech is played into space down the right-inside channel and he has time to shoot at goal, but opts for an offload towards Alonso at the back post that is intercepted by Mari.
H. Ziyech
M. Mount
82' Mount is withdrawn after a solid afternoon, including an assist. Ziyech replaces the England man.
82' Lukaku feeds Mount down the right-inside channel, and his cross-cum-shot is parried by Leno. Havertz tries to pounce on the rebound, but the Arsenal keeper bundles it away from the forward before Holding clears the danger.
81' Smith Rowe makes a break into the left-inside channel and works a cutback towards Balogun, but Kante makes the interception in the box.
F. Balogun
Gabriel Martinelli
79' Martinelli is struggling with an injury and has to make way for Balogun in the final third.
77' SAVE! Leno keeps Arsenal in the game with a brilliant save to deny Lukaku. The Belgian latches on to a cross from Mount and directs a powerful header towards goal. It appears to be heading into the back of the net, but the Arsenal keeper reacts to tip it onto the underside of the bar and out. Holding reacts to clear the rebound behind.
74' James is back on the field for the Blues as the action resumes.
73' James hits the ground after a challenge with Tavares. He requires treatment before the game can continue.
N. Kanté
M. Kovačić
72' Kante enters the action for the final 18 minutes to replace Kovacic in the Chelsea midfield.
71' James slides an offload in the direction of Kovacic to go for the strike, but he slices his attempt harmlessly wide of the post.
70' Chelsea break on the counter as Alonso tees up James to strike on the edge of the box, but his effort is diverted over the bar.
69' BLOCK! Pepe feeds Cedric down the right and he fires a low cross into the box. Smith Rowe collects the ball and takes a decent first touch. However, Azpilicueta gets across to block the strike from the Arsenal man.
68' OVER! Kovacic latches on to a knockdown from Alonso, but he skies his effort on the half-volley.
A. Lokonga
Yellow Card
67' Lukaku runs at Lokonga and the midfielder brings down the Belgian. The referee brandishes the yellow card in the direction of Lokonga, who now has to be careful.
Nuno Tavares
K. Tierney
66' Tierney picks up a knock for the home side and has to be replaced. Tavares comes on at left-back to replace the Scot.
64' Mount sends an offload into the feet of Lukaku in the Arsenal box. However, the Belgian just cannot sort out his feet in time before Holding closes with a vital challenge.
63' SAVE! Martinelli runs at the Chelsea defence and tries to thread a pass through to Aubameyang. Azpilicueta makes the block, but the Gabonese still takes possession. He fires at goal, but his effort is comfortably saved by Mendy.
P. Aubameyang
B. Saka
61' Saka is withdrawn for Aubameyang for the home side. The winger played well, but has just returned to training after his run in the Euros with England.
59' CHANCE! HOLDING HAS TO SCORE! Mari rises to knock a corner from Saka back across the face of goal. Holding connects with a free header from six yards, only to guide his effort wide of the right post. 
57' WIDE! Chelsea spread the ball quickly from left to right. James feeds Lukaku, who in turn finds Mount in space. The midfielder goes for goal, but curls his left-footed strike wide of the right post.
55' Arsenal are attempting to break back into the game, but are struggling to carve out clear-cut openings in front of goal.
52' SAVE! Mendy has to act to deny Saka as the winger lines up a drive from 25 yards that is deflected by Alonso. The ball travels towards the target, but the Chelsea keeper reacts to turn it over the bar.
50' BLOCKS! Kovacic releases the run of Lukaku in the final third and he goes for the blast. Mari has to put his body on the line to block the strike before Havertz sees his effort repelled by Holding.
48' Lukaku takes possession in the Arsenal box after latching on to a pass from Azpilicueta. He tries to carve out room for a strike, but gets crowded out before he can pull the trigger.
46' We're back under way at the Emirates Stadium.
The Blues have been excellent, but cannot afford to be complacent. They allowed Arsenal to have a little spell before the half-time whistle, which will have irked Thomas Tuchel. The German will be urging his side to go for the kill in the early stages of the second period to ensure the result.
Chelsea are in complete command of their Premier League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. It took only 15 minutes for Romelu Lukaku to score on his second debut for the Blues, converting a low cross from Reece James. James then notched a second with a fine strike, finishing a flowing move from the visitors. The Gunners had it all to do in the second half to get back into the contest.
45' + 1' The Gunners press down the left flank and win a corner, but the set-piece comes to nothing as Pepe is caught offside.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
R. Holding
Yellow Card
45' Holding slides in hard on Alonso to block a clearance and wipes out the Spaniard. He goes into the book for the Gunners.
43' Saka threads a pass through the Chelsea defence for Martinelli to chase. The forward takes a loose first touch and allows Rudiger to get across to clear for a throw-in.
41' James and Saka collide in the Chelsea box, which sees the Arsenal team erupt in a demand for a penalty. The referee points only for a corner, and VAR agrees that there was no reason to award a spot-kick.
39' Mount twists and turns down the left flank and eases past Cedric. He lifts a cross into the box for Havertz to attack, but it sails over his head and that of Lukaku behind him.
38' Smith Rowe almost latches on to a cutback from Saka on the left flank, but he just cannot stretch to direct his effort towards goal as Mendy gathers the loose ball.
M. Mount
35' Mount latches on to the loose ball after Lukaku is fouled and the referee plays advantage. He sees James in space and plays a fine pass into the right-inside channel for the full-back to collect and score.
R. James
35' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! JAMES HAMMERS HOME CHELSEA'S SECOND!!! 2-0!!! The Blues double their lead with another swift attacking move, which is brilliantly finished by James. Alonso works the ball to Lukaku before he is wiped out by Xhaka. The referee waves play on and Mount capitalises by picking out James in acres of space. He takes one touch before hammering an effort past Leno into the top-left corner.
Pablo Marí
Yellow Card
34' Mari slides in hard from behind on Lukaku and goes into the book. The Spaniard has to be very careful now.
31' James raids down the right flank and sees his low cross travel just behind the run of Lukaku. Mount gathers the loose ball and strikes at goal, only to see his effort saved with ease by Leno.
30' Chelsea are finding Lukaku in the final third at will. He lines up another strike at goal from 25 yards, but again the Gunners hold firm.
29' OVER! Xhaka works the ball into the path of Lokonga, who is encouraged to shoot by the home fans. He goes for the drive, but sends his effort over the bar.
27' Mount rolls the ball into the feet of Lukaku, who turns his man and fires towards goal. However, Holding gets back to make a vital block to stop his strike.
25' Arsenal have to have a period of possession to calm proceedings. Chelsea are looking a threat every time they push forward.
23' James is played into acres of room once more down the right flank. He has Lukaku in space in the middle, but opts against the low cross. James works an offload back to Mount, who sees his strike on his left foot diverted wide by Mari.
22' Pepe rolls the ball to Saka on the charge down the left flank. He makes a break into the box, but he takes a poor touch and loses out to Azpilicueta.
21' OVER! Lukaku continues to dominate the Arsenal defence. He rises to attack a cross from James from the left flank, only to nod his effort over the bar.
20' Mount has space on the break and has James in support inside through the middle, but Holding manages to divert the ball behind for a corner.
17' Chelsea have quietened the home fans in the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal had made a bright start, but have been undone by the brilliance of Lukaku.
R. James
15' James collects from Kovacic on the right flank and delivers a brilliant cross into the box for Lukaku to convert from close range.
R. Lukaku
15' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! LUKAKU HAS HIS DEBUT GOAL!!!!! 1-0 CHELSEA!!!!! The Blues take the lead and Lukaku marks his second debut with a goal. He orchestrates the move by using his strength to fend off Mari before Kovacic feeds James on the right flank. The full-back delivers a precise low ball into the middle that the Belgian converts from six yards. A great start for the Blues and their new striker.
12' Pepe drops his shoulder to break free from Alonso down the right flank. He beats two challenges before the Gunners work their way over to the left side. Saka sends a low cross into the box, but Christensen is on hand to clear.
11' Lokonga fouls Alonso from the resulting corner, easing the pressure on the Chelsea defence.
10' Tierney probes down the left flank once more and sends another dangerous cross into the box that Alonso clears behind for a corner.
9' Saka and Tierney combine down the left flank to allow the full-back to fire a low cross into the box. Alonso has to be aware at the back on this occasion to clear the danger.
7' James tries to send a low cross into the box from the right flank that evades Lukaku, but almost reaches Alonso at the back post. However, Cedric is alert to clear ahead of the Spaniard.
5' Kovacic threads a pass into the feet of Lukaku, who offloads in turn to Havertz. The German goes for the blast, but his effort is charged down by Holding.
4' Xhaka stays down on the deck after taking a blow, but he appears to be okay.
3' BLOCK! Alonso works the ball towards James on the edge of the Arsenal box and he goes for a blast. Xhaka puts his body on the line to block his effort, using his head to deny the full-back.
2' Smith Rowe latches on to a knock down from Saka and shoots first time from the edge of the box, but he sends his effort straight at Mendy.
1' We're under way at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal won both of their Premier League matches against Chelsea last season, last winning three in a row against the Blues in the competition between January 2003 and February 2004.
Chelsea have made three changes to their side that beat Crystal Palace last time out. Lukaku makes his second Chelsea debut, leading the line in place of Werner, who drops to the bench. James comes into the side for Chalobah at the back, which sees Azpilicueta slot into the back three. Christian Pulisic tested positive for Covid-19 and is replaced in the final third by Havertz. Kante and Ziyech both return to the bench after missing the opener.
Arsenal have made three changes to their side from their defeat against Brentford last week. Ben White misses out after contracting Covid-19, while Chambers and Balogun are dropped from the starting line-up. Holding slots into the backline in place of White, while Cedric earns the start ahead of Chambers at right-back. Saka comes into the fold for Balogun, which sees Pepe lead the line. Aubameyang returns on the bench after recovering from Covid-19, although Alexandre Lacazette is still missing.
CHELSEA SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Thiago Silva, N'Golo Kante, Timo Werner, Trevoh Chalobah, Kurt Zouma, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger; Reece James, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso; Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku.
ARSENAL SUBS: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nuno Tavares, Calum Chambers, Reiss Nelson, Mohamed Elneny, Folarin Balogun, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsdale.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney; Albert Sambi Lokonga, Granit Xhaka; Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli; Nicolas Pepe.
Chelsea were excellent in their Premier League opener, defeating Crystal Palace 3-0 on home soil without shifting out of first gear. Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah all found the net for the European champions to kick off the campaign. The Blues have bolstered their attacking force with the addition of Romelu Lukaku, and he will be desperate to make an impact on his second Chelsea debut. Thomas Tuchel and his men will be out to make a point and send a statement to their title rivals by notching their second win on the bounce.
Arsenal are in desperate need of a response after suffering a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brentford in their opening match of the season. Goals from Sergi Canos and Christian Norgaard condemned the Gunners to defeat, ramping up the pressure on Mikel Arteta in the dugout even in this early stage of the campaign. The club have been active in the transfer market, but need to prove themselves on the pitch against a high-quality opponent this afternoon.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.