Sunday 20 August 2017

Chelsea v Arsenal - Story of the match

Eden Hazard scored a stunning solo effort in Chelsea's win over Arsenal
Eden Hazard scored a stunning solo effort in Chelsea's win over Arsenal

Eden Hazard struck a stunning solo goal as Chelsea boosted their Premier League title hopes and left Arsenal's in tatters.

Arsenal may have complaints about Marcos Alonso's opener, which came when he clattered Hector Bellerin. But the visitors could do nothing about the second in Chelsea's 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Hazard picked the ball up in the centre circle, evaded Laurent Koscielny and brushed off Francis Coquelin before fooling Koscielny, again, and drilling in by Petr Cech.

Cech gifted the ball to Cesc Fabregas, who casually lobbed the goalkeeper, for a third, as Chelsea ruthlessly punished Arsenal, who gained scant consolation with a late Olivier Giroud header.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Love Conte & love the spirit/strength of his team. Wish he was at Arsenal" - Journalist and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan ‏(@piersmorgan)

STAR MAN

Hazard. For the goal. Honourable mentions to Pedro and N'Golo Kante.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Hazard's goal. The Belgium playmaker took time to come into the game, but seven minutes into the second half he tore through Arsenal with a devastating run. He then picked up a loose ball in the centre circle and beat Laurent Koscielny and Francis Coquelin before bamboozling the Arsenal defence and Petr Cech to score a fine solo goal.

IN WITH THE CROWD

Roman Abramovich was in his usual seat in his executive box in the West Stand, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was squirming in his, in the East Stand due to his touchline ban. "We want you to stay," sang Chelsea supporters as the Blues went in front and again after Hazard's second. Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka, also banned for four matches, can have been no more comfortable sitting amongst the away fans. Hollywood actor Will Ferrell was far happier. The Anchorman lead is a Chelsea fan.

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois: 6 (out of 10)

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7

David Luiz: 7

Gary Cahill: 7

Victor Moses: 7

N'Golo Kante: 8

Nemanja Matic: 7

Marcos Alonso: 7

Pedro: 8

Diego Costa: 7

Eden Hazard: 9

Substitutes

Cesc Fabregas (for Hazard, 84): 6

Willian (for Pedro, 84): 5

Kurt Zouma (for Moses, 88): 5

Arsenal

Petr Cech: 5

Hector Bellerin: 5

Shkodran Mustafi: 5

Laurent Koscielny: 6

Nacho Monreal: 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7

Francis Coquelin: 6

Theo Walcott: 6

Mesut Ozil: 5

Alex Iwobi: 5

Alexis Sanchez: 6

Substitutes

Gabriel (for Bellerin, 17): 5

Olivier Giroud (for Coquelin, 65): 7

Danny Welbeck (for Walcott, 70): 6

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