Arsenal vs Chelsea – Premier League: Live score, lineups and updatesMay 2, 2023
Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea LIVE: Martin Odegaard fizzes home for dominant Gunners as Mikel Arteta’s men make their early pressure pay… with victory set to take them back to the top of the table
Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea.
23min: More importantly for Arsenal supporters, as it stands their side is now back top of the table. Two points ahead of Man City albeit having played two games more. Still, the dream lives on for now!
20min: A sixth defeat is already staring Chelsea in the face then… they are not mathematically safe by the way, and the home fans know it as they chant ‘your’re going down’.
18min: Super goal, this and it’s been coming. Granit Xhaka catches the entire Chelsea defence out with a low ball across the face of the 18-yard box, with Martin Odegaard then applying a finish past Kepa that bounces in off the underside of the bar.
14min: Chelsea cannot get out of their own half here – to the point they have been reduced to what Arsenal fans are jeering ‘hoof’ ball.
Bukayo Saka gets his head to a cross but it lacks pace and Kepa parries clear when he probably should have caught it.
11min: Corner for Arsenal, it’s played short before Leandro Trossard pings a ball to the back post but it’s just a little too high for Gabriel Magalhaes as the ball floats wide. Still, I think Mikel Arteta will be happy with the intensity his side are playing at right now.
8min: Respite for both teams following a frantic start as Thiago Silva needs some minor treatment after a collision with an advertising hoarding but you would say Arsenal have been the team on top so far. The Blues haven’t had much about them in the way of attacks.
5min: Lucky boy is Cesar Azpilicueta. Trying to deal with a bouncing ball into the box, his header back to Kepa Arrizabalaga is a little short but the Blues keeper just about beats Granit Xhaka to it following a mad scramble to fumble the Swiss star at his feet.
3min: Lots of zip in the early stages. Chelsea are keen to exploit any nerves in Jakub Kiwior with some high balls, yet Bukayo Saka is already looking like a livewire with a couple of darts down the right for the Gunners.
A case for the defence tonight?
1 – Jakub Kiwior's first league start for Arsenal is coming in their 34th game of the campaign. The last Arsenal player to make their full league debut this far into a campaign was Konstantinos Mavropanos in 2017-18 (35th game), a 2-1 defeat against Man Utd. Baptism. pic.twitter.com/X8GTcmEeCu
Arsenal fans unveil a banner reading ‘vamos’ with Spanish boss Mikel Arteta on the front, here is a reminder of the team news from both sides:
Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Kiwior, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Odegaard, Jorginho, Xhaka, Saka, Gabriel Jesus, Trossard.
Subs: Tierney, Partey, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Nketiah, Holding, Vieira, Nelson, Turner.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Wesley Fofana, Thiago Silva, Chilwell, Kante, Fernandez, Kovacic, Madueke, Aubameyang, Sterling.
Subs: Badiashile, Joao Felix, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Mudryk, Mendy, Ziyech, Gallagher, Havertz.
Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside)
Both players are legends from different eras of a midfield under Arsene Wenger but while Patrick Vieira has his Premier League medals at the Gunners, Cesc Fabregas had to go to Chelsea to get his…
Only one thing to look at really and that’s the very top. Arsenal have to win to return to the summit and give themselves a puncher’s chance in the title race.
Chelsea are stuck down in nowheresville (or 12th) and victory would take them above Crystal Palace into 11th. (Cue Alan Partridge shrug of the shoulders)
I hope he can make a difference,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘It is an opportunity, he has been a little bit unlucky this year, he will get the opportunity today. He is a good player, someone you need to provide opportunities to and he will put them away. As a striker you don’t lose that, he needs to do more outside the box. If he does that he will score goals.
Five wins in eight against Chelsea – including an FA Cup final triumph – make the struggling Blues the PERFECT opponents for Arsenal as Mikel Arteta looks to get his side’s title challenge back on track after a dismal April
WILL PICKWORTH: As a deflated Arsenal walked off the pitch at the Etihad last Wednesday after being totally outclassed by Manchester City, they could at least wave goodbye to what had been a frankly miserable April.
Arsenal make three changes from the team hammered by Manchester City as Gabriel Martinelli, Thomas Partey and Rob Holding drop out to be replaced by Leandro Trossard, former Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and Jakub Kiwor who at the back is making his first Premier League start.
Chelsea, as seen, start Aubameyang against his former club but Noni Madueke is also in to replace Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah.
…and former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t need showing around the stadium to know his way towards the changing rooms.
He starts in attack for Frank Lampard’s side this evening.
Your Chelsea side tonight! 👊@ParimatchGlobal | #ArsChe pic.twitter.com/4Gok45hkKK
🔴 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠𝙉𝙀𝙒𝙎 ⚪️
🧱 Kiwior at the back
⚖️ Jorginho in the middle
🪄 Trossard on the wing
Three changes from our last game – let's do this, Gunners! pic.twitter.com/J5tVFLhaZF
A furious bust-up with Mikel Arteta, joining bitter rivals Chelsea… and THAT ‘nothing personal’ jibe! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returns to Arsenal an ENEMY with former striker set for fiery welcome back after souring relationship with Gunners
OLIVER SALT: Almost two years since he inspired their FA Cup final win over Chelsea, back in November a crestfallen Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brutally mocked by the same Arsenal fans who once adored him as he trudged off the pitch at Stamford Bridge.
It’s the first of four matches in this round of mid-week Premier League action – with Arsenal’s title rivals Manchester City playing tomorrow at home to West Ham United.
No storm in the skies though that’s for sure. It’s a bright and mild spring evening in north London.
From being runaway leaders the Gunners have dropped points in their last four games to now find themselves off the top of the table and having played an extra game compared to title rivals Manchester City.
Next up of course it’s a fierce London derby with Chelsea who have a point or two to prove themselves as I welcome you to all the action from the Emirates Stadium as it happens.
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