LONDON – Marcos Alonso struck a late winner as Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent start to the Premier League under Maurizio Sarri with an enthralling 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
The left back coolly steered in substitute Eden Hazard’s cutback nine minutes from time to condemn Unai Emery’s Gunners to a second straight loss under his leadership.
The visitors had fought back from two down in a crazy first half as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi cancelled out Pedro and Alvaro Morata’s early strikes. The Gunners also squandered a trio of gilt-edged chances, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang blazing over an early contender for miss of the season.
The second half maintained the same end-to-end tempo with Hazard’s introduction just past the hour mark lifting the Blues, and it was no surprise to see the Belgian playing a key role in the decisive goal of a pulsating London derby.
Arsenal will now bid to get their first win under Emery at the third time of asking when they host West Ham next Saturday after losing their first two opening league matches for the first time since 1992.
Chelsea remain perfect in the league under Sarri, who will be keen to fine-tune some of his team’s defensive deficiencies ahead of their visit to Newcastle next Sunday.