Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea: Youthful Gunners stun Blues to ease pressure on Mikel Arteta

Report and free match highlights as Alexandre Lacazette penalty, Granit Xhaka free-kick and Bukayo Saka lob ends Arsenal’s seven-game winless run in Premier League; Tammy Abraham strike fails to spark comeback as Chelsea miss chance to go second after abject defeat at Emirates Stadium

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Saturday 26 December 2020 19:29, UK

Arsenal’s youngsters eased the pressure on Mikel Arteta as they inspired the Gunners to a 3-1 victory over an insipid Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Chelsea travelled to the Emirates Stadium looking to boost their title credentials but were outclassed in every department as a youthful Arsenal ended their seven-game wait for a Premier League victory.

Alexandre Lacazette converted a penalty on 34 minutes after Reece James was penalised for a foul on Kieran Tierney, before Granit Xhaka fired Arsenal into a two-goal half-time lead for the first time this season with a stunning free-kick.

Bukayo Saka’s long-range lob over Edouard Mendy early in the second half put Arsenal three up before Tammy Abraham’s late strike sparked the Blues into life. But it proved too little, too late for Chelsea as Jorginho’s missed stoppage-time penalty ended their hopes of pulling off the unlikeliest of comebacks.

Arsenal climb up to 14th after their first league win since November 1, eight adrift of Chelsea, who drop a place to sixth after missing the chance to move second in the table.

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Arsenal travel to Brighton in the Premier League on Tuesday at 6pm. Chelsea host Aston Villa in the Premier League on Monday at 5.30pm.

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