Two goals in the last ten minutes saw Chelsea come from behind to stun Arsenal and take a 2-1 victory as Mikel Arteta’s home managerial debut ended in a cruel defeat.
The Gunners came into the game off the back on a dire run but they approached the match with confidence and deservedly led early on when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wriggled free of Emerson at the back post to head in from Mesut Ozil’s corner delivery for his 13th goal of the season.
In contrast, the Blues looked a shadow of the team that won at Tottenham a week ago and with barely half-an-hour on the clock boss Frank Lampard made a change to his system, hooking Emerson with Jorginho his replacement.
Chelsea were much improved after the restart but never looked likely to fashion an equaliser and were perhaps fortunate not to have been reduced to ten men when Jorginho pulled Matteo Guendouzi when already on a yellow card.
Referee Craig Pawson gave the foul but not the second yellow card and it was Jorginho who snuck round the back post to tap in after Bernd Leno came for a free-kick and got nowhere near it, as all of Arsenal’s hard work and organisation went up in smoke.
Then just before the end of normal time Chelsea completed the turnaround with a devastating counter-attack as Tammy Abraham fed through Willian, whose cross came back to the forward. He took a touch and then put a the ball through Leno’s legs.
The victory means Chelsea open up a four-point gap on fifth-placed Manchester United whilst Arsenal, with just five wins this term, stay in 12th, closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places.