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BSSS ‘Semi-live’ Coverage: Chelsea 2, Arsenal 1 — Gunners blow lead late

WHO: Arsenal vs. Chelsea
WHERE: Emirates Stadium, Ashburton Grove, North London
WHEN: Sunday, 9 a.m. ET
TV: NBC Sports Network
WHAT’S UP: It’s the first home match in the Mikel Arteta Era, and the Gunners will want to put out a solid showing for the new manager after having a slow start against Bournemouth on Thursday. Chelsea are looking to get over the rubbish performance against Southampton, and looking to hold off the charge of Spurs, Man United, and Wolves. And it’s the first time since the two sides met in May’s Europa League Final.

We are underway in Ashburton Grove, the Arsenal in the traditional reds, Chelsea in the traditional blues. Chelsea get us started.

2’ Arsenal coming out with an aggressive press to challenge Chelsea.

3’ Free kick to the Arsenal after some cheeky passing out on the flank. Özil to take it…

4’ Cleared easily by Kante.

5’ Corner to the Arsenal… this is something. The Gunners haven’t been this aggressive in a while.

6’ David Luiz with a bike, but he mis-hit it and it goes wide.

8’ Another free kick to Arsenal as Özil goes down under a hard challenge.

9’ David Luiz with a drive right at Kepa Arrizabalaga. Easy save.

10’ Luiz with a tackle on Willian a couple strides outside the box sets up a Chelsea free kick.

11’ That was solid by the Blues, as the kick is served to Mason Mount. He drives at Leno into the sun, and Leno makes the brilliant save.

12’ Corner to the Arsenal… this is brilliant football by the North London side. THIS IS WHAT HAS BEEN MISSING FOR THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF.

13’ GOAL ARSENAL, and THAT is brilliant! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with the header after Chambers re-directs the service, and Kepa’s head was spinning as. And that is 1-nil to the Arsenal. 13th goal by Auba in the league. Solid off the ball run by him, too. First 1-nil in some time for the Gunners. Auba now has 45 goals in the Premier League since he debuted nearly two years ago; that’s the most in the league by any player in that time.

17’ A couple of challenges in the box, Arsenal shouts for a pen, referee feigns deafness.

18’ HOLY ARSENAL. Incredible ball from the defensive third down the flank, Arsenal take a few touches as the Gunners try to set up Lacazette, but he doesn’t get a good touch on it…. Play the other way, Tammy Abraham with a soft go, and Leno corrals it.

19’ Chambers is down and the referee is calling for the physios to come out. He had an awkward landing, and Arsenal will need to make an early change.

23’ Mustafi coming on for Chambers after getting some last-minute instructions from Mikel Arteta. Chambers is walking off under his own power, trying to flex that knee.

25’ Lacazette with a shot that might have been designed as a cross, but Kepa comes up with it.

30’ Kante goes into the referee’s book after a dummy by Özil on that pass. Cheeky football, this. First half hour, practically all Arsenal.

33’ Kante with a lofted ball, right to Leno.

34’ Rudiger shown yellow after the foul on Torreira….Emerson going off for Chelsea, Jorginho coming on…. Frank Lampard shuffling the lineup and going with a back four after the back three formation didn’t work for the first half an hour plus.

37’ Torreira with a sliding challenge in the box after Abraham had a nice run into it. Good football by the Blues after a giveaway by Arsenal… corner to Chelsea, and it’s cleared… and there go the Arsenal.

38’ Until they’re stopped.

43’ Aubameyang has a go from 9 yards away, into the side netting.

45’ Five minutes minimum added on at the end of the first half.

45+5’ Tomori has a shot, but Leno with the save.


Halftime thoughts:

Arsenal, wow. I haven’t seen that out of the Gunners in so long, I forgot what that looked like.

Chelsea settled down after Lampard made the change.

Second half underway in North London, and Arsenal get us started.

47’ Luiz has his name taken down after a challenge on Willian. Luiz argues slightly; again, the referee feigns deafness.

48’ Free kick for Chelsea pings about, and Kante’s shot from the top of the box is almost re-directed in by Tammy Abraham. It goes wide, though.

50’ Auba with a sliding stop to slow Chelsea down. He is all over the place, isn’t he?

51’ Nice run by Reiss Nelson, the youngster for Arsenal… Zouma with a light foul, the boy goes down easily. Fans want a foul, they don’t get it.

53’ Lacazette offside on that pass.

55’ Jorginho with a foul, holding Lacazette back… he has his name taken down. Happened right in front of Arteta, and he was demonstrative in that appeal.

57’ Corner to Chelsea.

58’ Nothing comes of it, and Mustafi clashes heads with Rudiger. Tariq Lamptey replaces Tomori. Second Chelsea sub of the day.

62’ Rudiger has his head wrapped, and Mustafi is back out there.

64’ Kovacic — haven’t mentioned him much, have we? — with an overhead kick, way off the mark.

66’ BIG STOP DAVID LUIZ. Tammy Abraham was in after a well-weighted pass from Lamptey, and Luiz got in with time to make the stop.

70’ Callum Hudson-Odoi comes on for Chelsea in place of Kovacic. Third and final Blues sub.

72’ Jorginho whacks Lacazette, and the latter goes down. Arsenal about to make a change.

73’ Yellow to Torreria. He holds Mount back.

74’ Luiz smartly concedes a corner after Chelsea carve Arsenal up in the back as they head in.

75’ SAVE LENO as Abraham gets elevation on the service, heads it right to him…. Özil comes off to a round of applause by the Arsenal supporters, and he’s replaced by 20-year-old Joe Willock. Good shift by the German.

76’ Wow. Lacazette is booked after Jorginho holds him back and takes him down… it’s for verbal abuse. Jorginho should be off.

78’ ALMOST for Willock, he just misses. Never should have had the chance if the Blues defending cleared the ball.

82’ Arsenal absorbing Chelsea’s pressure at the mo…

83’ GOAL CHELSEA, and it’s Jorginho with an easy tap-in after Leno misjudges the descent of the free kick volley, and it’s right to Jorginho. Horrible for Arsenal. 1-1.

86’ Nicolas Pepe on for Reiss Nelson.

87’ GOAL CHELSEA, and that’s Tammy Abraham! He has beautiful hold-up play before spinning and slotting through Leno’s legs. Exquisite 3-on-2 counter by Chelsea on that. 2-1 to the Blues, and the red side of London is stunned. Two goals in four minutes. 12th goal for Tammy Abraham this season. And this is the fifth straight home match where Arsenal have surrendered two goals; it’s the first time that has happened since 1965.

89’ Some Arsenal supporters are headed to the Tube.

90’ Seven minutes minimum added on. Might not be over for Arsenal.

90+1’ Pepe sees a yellow card.

90+2’ The referee has to separate Guendouzi and Mount. “No more,” the referee says.

90+3’ Abraham has a go after taking the ball away from Torreira… blazes over.

90+4’ Good try by Torreira as he runs on and kicks the ball just wide of the near post.


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