Fire up the London derby klaxon, it's time for live coverage of Arsenal versus Chelsea from the Emirates Stadium. We’ll have a full house of 60,000 today for one of the most fascinating games of the 2021-22 season so far. Arsenal are still trudging through the post-Wenger years, scratching around for a new identity, while Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel are establishing one at a rate of knots. The European champions arrive at the Emirates today looking for a muscle flex that will establish their credentials as serious title challengers. Can Arsenal throw a spanner in the works here, and kick start their own season after a horror show under the Friday night lights at Brentford? Teams incoming shortly.
Premier League / Matchday 2
Emirates Stadium / 22.08.2021
That's it, Chelsea have won it and were mightily impressive. Arsenal leave the field with some boos ringing around the Emirates, but were spirited in the second half albeit after losing the match in the first.
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Werner replaces Havertz for Chelsea.
Ziyech leads a three-on-three for Arsenal, carrying it all the way to the edge of the area. He opts to shoot rather than pass, and it deflects over for a corner.
CHANCE! Excellent from Lukaku again, as he backs up the Arsenal defence and slips a ball to Havertz, who forces a point blank save from Leno at close range.
Arsenal win a corner. It's whipped in dangerously, but Mendy punches clear.
A change for Chelsea as Ziyech replaces Mount.
Lukaku rolls Mari again, and finds a pass to release Mount into the area. Mount fizzes a cross in, which catches a slight deflection and Leno fumbles it before arsenal hack the ball clear.
Balogun is on for Arsenal, replacing Martinelli.
OH WHAT A SAVE! Chelsea break again, through Lukaku and then James, before the ball finds Mount. He stands up a cross to Lukaku, who thumps a header at goal from eight yards out. It looks a certain goal, but a stunning reflex save from Leno tips the ball onto the underside of the bar and out. That is stunning.
James finds Mount with a nice pass in behind the Arsenal defence. Mount crosses, Tavares blocks, corner to Chelsea.
James seems alright, and he's back into the fray.
James has gone down heavily here after an aerial challenge with Aubameyang. The medics are on quickly, and both sets of players look concerned. Let's hope he's ok here.
N'Golo Kante, who was Man of the Match in the Champions League Final by a country mile and then some, replaces Kovacic for Chelsea.
Chelsea break, through Lukaku and Havertz, and work the ball to James on the edge. His shot is deflected behind for a corner.
This game feels like it's going 2-1 or 3-0 in the next ten minutes.
A low cross from Cedric finds Smith Rowe 10 yards out. He controls it perfectly, but a superb tackle from Azpilicueta blocks the shot and Chelsea clear.
Alonso lofts the free kick to Lukaku at the back post. He heads across goal, it's partially cleared, and a wild volley from Kovacic flies wide of goal.
Arsenal can't cope with Lukaku; this time he drives past Lokonga on the right and infield, and Lokonga hauls him down. Yellow card.
Albert Sambi Lokonga
Tierney's day is done; he's replaced by Nuno Tavares.
Lokonga drives forward for Arsenal and splits the Chelsea back line with a through ball to Aubameyang; it's slightly too quick though, and gives Mendy just enough time to slide out and clear the ball.