After the game, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger stated his team were playing with “more clarity” following the recent drawn out transfer saga involving Alexis Sanchez move to Manchester United. Coming less than 48 hours after Sanchez was officially announced as a United player in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction Arsenal looked a more confident side on the pitch.
With a goalless first leg last Chelsea took the early lead, thanks to the impressive Eden Hazard after good work from Tiemoue Bakayoko and Pedro found him one on one with the keeper.
However, that lead didn’t last long and instead of throwing the towel in early like Arsenal have done following an early goal in the past this season, they were soon back on level terms thanks to a touch of luck!
Nacho Monreal with the header that deflected off both Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger to beat Caballero in the Chelsea goal and making it 1-1 which it stayed until the hour mark.
It was an unlucky night for Chelsea’s Rudiger as he was again involved in Arsenal’s second goal, this time Alexandre Lacazette’s attempted pull back hitting the Chelsea defender and straight in to the path of Granit Xhaka who hammered the ball into the net giving the Gunners a lead they never looked like losing. With Arsenal on the front foot and taking the game to their London rivals they could have even gone further ahead with a third goal, only for the Legs of keeper Willy Caballero blocking Alex Iwobi’s effort late in the game.