Arsenal back on top after Gabriel seals win over Chelsea

A 63rd-minute toe-poke on the goal line by Brazilian defender Gabriel earned Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and lifted them back to the top of the Premier League.

Gabriel, lurking at the far post, got on the end of a Bukayo Saka corner that flew past a line of Chelsea defenders.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus missed this chance to beat Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy, but he had more luck with a 63rd-minute toe-poke.Credit:Getty Images

The deserved victory in a highly charged London derby sent Arsenal two points clear of Manchester City on 34 points and left a second-best Blues side languishing in seventh.

Mikel Arteta’s side pressed hard and moved the ball at pace so that Chelsea were often squeezed into their own half.

But despite their superiority, Arsenal were profligate in front of goal, with Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Ben White all missing chances against Graham Potter’s side. Arsenal enjoyed 56 per cent of possession and had 14 shots to Chelsea’s five.

Chelsea’s best efforts came on the counterattack, but they could produce only half-chances for Kai Havertz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea have earned just two points from their last four league matches and have lost two in succession after last week’s 4-1 drubbing by Potter’s former side Brighton & Hove Albion.


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