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Chelsea will now face Tottenham in midweek, before the north London derby concludes matters next weekend. Plenty to look forward to in the coming days then - thanks for joining us!
Both Thomas Tuchel and Mikel Arteta will have plenty to dissect after this eventful 90 minutes, with the former undoubtedly confident that there is even more to come from his European champions this term.
A lively game - which rarely resembled a pre-season friendly - ends in a first win of the Mind Series for clinical Chelsea and an all-too-familiar tale of woe for Arsenal. The Gunners were much improved in the second period - with Nketiah and Pepe to the fore - but Aubameyang fluffed a couple of great chances and Bellerin erred to hand Chelsea the winner.
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 1-2 CHELSEA.
90' + 2'
Three minutes of stoppage time seem to be coming to an end with Chelsea calmly keeping the ball, but Abraham has a long-range attempt blocked on the edge of the area. The final act of an enjoyably frenetic encounter!
Pepe runs down a blind alley in pursuit of an equaliser for Arsenal, before Aubameyang is played through by the lively Nketiah only to dribble a weak shot straight at Kepa. Maybe the hosts' last chance?
Chalobah comes off for Clarke-Salter, who enjoys a rare opportunity to feature for Chelsea - albeit for only a handful of minutes.
Tavares is booked for a foul.
Kepa comfortably saves Pepe's ambitious left-footed attempt from outside the box.
SO CLOSE! Arsenal's Nketiah is causing havoc in the Chelsea defence and Willock crashes a shot against the bar and onto - or over? - the line. No goal-line technology today, but looks like an error by the officials.
GOLDEN CHANCE MISSED! Aubameyang puts a glancing header from just outside the six-yard box wide of Kepa's goal. An excellent whipped ball from substitute Tavares, but what a let off for Chelsea. The pace has hardly dropped!
GOAL! Abraham capitalises on an awful error by Bellerin - only just on the pitch. The Chelsea striker fires in with a right-footed shot into the bottom corner after the Arsenal full-back gives the ball away carelessly. The away side back in front heading into the final 15 minutes!
Tierney is substituted and Nketiah is on in his place.
E. Smith Rowe
Another outcast of last season makes an appearance, as Kolasinac replaces Smith-Rowe.
Lacazette comes off for Tavares.
Chambers comes off and new signing Sambi Lokonga is on for Arsenal.
Elneny is now replaced by Willock.
Bellerin replaces his compatriot, Pablo Mari.
THE EQUALISER!! Xhaka heads firmly into the top-left corner of the net from Pepe's excellent swinging corner. The crowd erupt in delight - perhaps he is not off to Italy after all? A deserved equalising goal provided by the Gunners' much-maligned Swiss star.
Kante concedes a corner on Chelsea's right-hand side.
Barkley's left-footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right - a weak effort.
Mendy comes off and Arrizabalaga is on between the Chelsea posts.
Hudson-Odoi is off, with Rahman replacing him out wide.
Pulisic is replaced by former Aston Villa loanee Barkley.
Following his howler in front of goal, Ziyech comes off - Batshuayi is on.
Loftus-Cheek comes off to be replaced by the omnipresent midfield presence of Kante.
Both teams have had six shots on goal so far, as they provide some entertaining fare for the long-absent supporters. Further changes look to be afoot though, so that may change.
A couple of Arsenal corners come to nothing, but the home side are now giving their estimated 25,000 fans present at the Emirates something to shout about. The tempo remains high.
GOOD SAVE! That free-kick is saved at full stretch by Mendy, with Lacazette's strike curling towards the bottom corner.
Zappacosta is booked for a foul just outside the Chelsea area, conceding a free-kick in dangerous territory.
CHANCE SPURNED! Somehow, Ziyech over-elaborates when clean through in the area and contrives to fluff a great opportunity to extend Chelsea's lead. A good block by White.
Pepe has a right-footed shot blocked on the right side of the box, after an assist by Lacazette.
Werner will take the second 45 minutes off, with Abraham on in his place.
Rudiger comes off to be replaced by Sarr.
Despite his lively first half, Havertz is replaced by Zappacosta, who spent last season on loan at Genoa.
Kovacic is off, with Drinkwater his replacement.
Holding is replaced by £50m man White, who will now lead the Arsenal rearguard.
Zouma is replaced by Sterling, who enjoys a rare opportunity in the Chelsea first team.
The second half is under way at the Emirates Stadium!
Having bossed possession, will Thomas Tuchel decide to introduce some of his less-used fringe players in the second period or press for more goals? Surely Mikel Arteta will bring his new signings into the action sooner rather than later, as Arsenal look to establish a foothold in the game - they have had only a third of the ball.
Chelsea are good value for their half-time lead in an intense, high-tempo game between two London rivals. While Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic are providing a menacing threat to Arsenal's defence, the Gunners have produced precious little in the final third so far. Changes are to be expected from both managers at the break.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 0-1 CHELSEA
CHANCE! Hudson-Odoi jinks effortlessly past Pablo Mari on the left flank, but sees his close-range shot blocked well by Leno - a fine save.
Kovacic is booked for a crunching challenge, perhaps unaware that this is a 'friendly'!
OFF THE POST AGAIN! This time Ziyech rattles the Arsenal woodwork with a low, left-footed shot from the left side of the box. Leno was well beaten, but the ball runs safe.
Partey does now limp off injured, with former Arsenal skipper Xhaka on for a surprise appearance in his place.
JUST WIDE! Hudson-Odoi cuts in sharply from the left flank and bends a shot just wide of Leno's post. Never looked like rippling the net though.
Still, Partey is struggling to move freely, so may be a candidate for withdrawal at the break. Chelsea are back in control of the ball, with Arsenal sitting deep.
Partey returns to his feet after a minute or so of treatment, following a strong midfield challenge. The former Atletico Madrid man is fit to continue for now.
OFF THE POST! Smith-Rowe hits the woodwork with a left-footed shot crashed in from outside the box. So unfortunate for Arsenal's chief creative outlet, with a subsequent penalty claim waved away by referee Andre Mariner.
GOAL! A superb first touch from Havertz, as Chelsea split open the hosts' defence and he plants a right-footed strike high into the Gunners' net. The assist was provided by his compatriot Timo Werner - a well-weighted delivery on the break.
Ahead of this game, Arsenal have had pre-season preparations interrupted by their cancelled participation in the Florida Cup, playing just four friendlies so far. They managed to beat both Millwall and Watford, while losing to Hibernian and drawing with Rangers, but Chelsea are proving a step up in class.
Tierney caught offside, high on the left flank - a frustrating mistiming of his run cuts short a promising Arsenal attack.
Pepe spurns a good opportunity to create a chance and Chelsea quickly spring on the break, however it comes to nothing. Events are progressing at a Premier League pace!
Elneny slides in to block a surge into the area by Pulisic, but the American winger is called narrowly offside in any case.
So far, Arsenal are camped near the edge of their box, as Chelsea stroke the ball around and probe patiently for openings.
Chelsea have been dominating the early possession, as Loftus-Cheek combines well with Hudson-Odoi outside the Arsenal area, but the midfielder's shot is quickly closed down.
Mikel Arteta could field new recruits Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Taveres in front of Arsenal supporters for the first time - both start on the bench - while Chelsea feature a number of returning loanees and new back-up goalkeeper Marco Bettinelli in their matchday squad.
A 20,000-plus crowd expected in north London, with these two fierce rivals set to give a run-out to some new - and old - faces ahead of the upcoming campaign.
SUBS: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Marcus Bettinelli, Michy Batshuayi, Tammy Abraham, Ross Barkley, Dujon Sterling, Jake Clarke-Salter, Davide Zappacosta, Malang Sarr, N'Golo Kante, Danny Drinkwater, Abdul Rahman Baba.
CHELSEA (3-4-3): Edouard Mendy; Trevoh Chalobah, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger; Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mateo Kovacic, Kai Havertz; Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner.
SUBS: Runar Alex Runarsson, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Willian, Cedric Soares, Ben White, Granit Xhaka, Arthur Okonkwo, Eddie Nketiah, Sead Kolasinac, Reiss Nelson, Nuno Tavares, Joe Willock, Hector Bellerin.
ARSENAL (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, Kieran Tierney; Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith-Rowe; Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
European Champions Chelsea are finalising their preparations for the new season, meeting Tottenham next before beginning their competitive campaign on August 11, against Villarreal in the UEFA Super Cup.
This match is part of the Mind Series mini-tournament, also featuring a third capital club, Tottenham Hotspur.
Hello and welcome to coverage of Arsenal's pre-season clash with London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.