Chelsea 3 Arsenal 2
Pedro 9, Morata 20, Alonso 81, Mkhitaryan 37, Iwobi 41

Say what you like about Arsenal’s first two fixtures. Two losses to Manchester City and Chelsea have had elements of improvement, but pragmatic Arsenal fans will know that Unai Emery will be afforded time to get his philosophy across. Pressing high up in a 4-2-3-1 system at least created Arsenal’s first goals of the season through Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi in the space of four minutes. Both were to bring the Gunners back to parity to respective Chelsea goals from Pedro and Alvaro Morata. But for wasteful finishing from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Iwobi, by then, the Gunners should’ve very much been in front. Chelsea had chances too with Ross Barkley, Morata and substitute Giroud threatening. At 2-2, this London derby looked set for a gripping climax.

Substitute Eden Hazard was then the beneficiary of a loose pass back from Alexandre Lacazette, and in swept Marcos Alonso to get the winner. It was cruel on Emery who saw 19 year ofd Matteo Guendouzi shine in midfield, while Mesut Ozil seeming to have lost is way with Emery taking him off for Aaron Ramsey after 68 minutes. Ozil will be given a chance by Emery, as will all the players. Carry on like he did at Stamford Bridge however and it could be a long season for the German. Emery insisted that Arsenal have to remain “calm.”

“I think we need to keep the players calm and continue working. I know we need to improve things, I know we need to push the players to work with our ideas. But for me, there are many positive things in the first match against Manchester City. It’s clear that at the moment we are at a difference from them. Then today, I think the team have worked and had chances in the match. And then with the young players it is a process. They are playing and they are growing every touch with their quality and our demanding. “

Defensive concerns remain for Emery, and that’s before we mention playing out from the back. A two pass move and cross from Alonso saw Arsenal carved open at the back as Pedro struck beyond Cech after 9 minutes. Moments after Aubameyang lifted his effort over the bar when it appeared easier to score and level, Morata took control of Jorginho’s long pass over the top of a high lined defence.

The Spain striker held off the attentions of Shkodran Mustafi before finding the target past Cech. Mkhitaryan then fluffed one with the whole of the goal to aim for, but he would get his eventual reward, thumping a low drive beyond Kepa to halve the deficit. Arsenal continued to press and looked comfortable.

When Mkhitaryan crossed from the right, Iwobi struck first time to draw the Gunners level before the break. Chelsea pushed forward for a winner, but the Gunners held firm until Lacazette’s poor back pass enabled the Blues to grab a third form which Emery’s side couldn’t recover.

Emery will need time, and the manner in which the travelling Arsenal supporters cheered the team suggests that not only are they onside, but that he’ll actually get it.

“We spoke before the match that we needed to improve and to do one process, to be competitive in each match and to know or learn in the match. At the moment, that can happen. I think today, the team already after 2-0, the reaction was very good. In the first half, I think we created more chances to score and I think the 2-2 is a shock for us because we created more chances to score. In the second half, we had less moments in the match and we conceded more chances for Chelsea to score the third goal. For that reason, we need the balance but the result is like that,” said Emery who was visibly animated with his first Arsenal goals scored.

“Our process is to just continue to improve the things, doing more with the balance of the defensive moments and attacking moments and also with the younger players with their passing. At the end of the match, we finished with two midfielders who were Lucas at 22 years old and Matteo at 19 years old. It’s clear, we need to win because we have a big responsibility to win the match and I think for continuing, in the next match in the Emirates against West Ham,” he coninued.

Next up for the Gunners is West Ham, when Arsenal will look to get their season up and running with a first win.