Arsenal 1 Chelsea 2
Aubameyang 13, Jorginho 83, Abraham 87

Arsenal fell to a late double blow to lose 2-1 to Chelsea in Mikel Arteta’s first home game since he beecame head coach. However it needn’t have been that way. When Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the perfect start heading home his 13th Premier League goal of the season, Arteta’s side created the perfect platform to build from. But defending deep and inviting Chelsea to put on second half pressure paid off when Jorginho tapped in following a goalkeeping howler from Bernd Leno. At 1-1 and with seven minutes remaining, the Blues hit the Gunners on the break for Tammy Abraham to slot home from Willian’s pass. It was cruel on the Gunners who despite having long periods of possession, where unable to further trouble Kepa Arrizabalaga’s goal any further. Jorginho was fortunate to still be on the pitch following his second yellow card warranting foul of Lucas Torreira which went unpunished.

With two consecutive away draws at Bournemouth and Everton since Arteta was announced as Unai Emery’s replacement, this London derby was a good indicator of where Arsenal are since the departure of Emery in late November. Caretaker head coach Freddie Ljungberg’s six game stint yielded a solitary win, but the Gunners hadn’t prevailed at home in the Premier League since the 1-0 win over Bournemouth in late October. That looked to have changed after Aubameyang headed in from Calum Cahmbers near post flick-on from Mesut Ozil’s corner. Arteta reeled away in celebration, joined by the Emirates faithful.

The Gunners looked comfortable with Reiss Nelson especially tormenting Chelsea’s back three. Frank Lampard made an early switch, on came Jorginho for Emerson just past the half hour mark and that steadied the Blues. Arsenal seemed unable to mount any further assaults on the Blues goal, with Aubameyang now having more defensive duties to occupy him.

Aneead at the break, the Gunners failed to further fire, but Torreira and Lacazette held firm in midfield. With Jorginho on a yellow, his foul on the Uruguayan warranted further punishment, however referee Craig Pawson for reasons better known to him didn’t see it that way.

When Leno failed to get anything on Mason Mount’s free kick, Jorginho had the simplest of tasks to tap into an empty net from five yards for the leveller. The German keeper looked distraught, but more pain was to follow. The Blues mounted a quick counter. Willian fed Abraham who turned Shkodran Mustfai too easily to net Chelsea’s second.

With seven minutes of time added on, Torreira hit wide from 20 yards, while Abraham skied another shot on the counter. Much needs to be worked on by Arteta’s side, and his referencing the fitness levels in the post match press conference will be just one area. Having the nouse to nullify new in game threats will be needed, as will the desire to attack when holding a lead.