Premier League Round: Gabriel's goal keeps Arsenal top with win at Chelsea

Premier League Round: Gabriel’s goal keeps Arsenal top with win at Chelsea

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal’s surprising title challenge in the Premier League shows no signs of slowing down.

However, Sunday’s 1-0 win at Chelsea only indicated that Arsenal’s squad could be the strongest it has been in years.

Gabriel’s second-half goal was enough to send Mikel Arteta’s side top of the league table after being more dominant than the scoreline suggested.

The Brazilian centre-back headed in a corner from Bocayo Saka in the 63rd minute at Stamford Bridge against a toothless Chelsea side.

“From start to finish, I think we deserved to win today,” Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka said. “We were a very, very good team today. We’re very happy that everything is going well at the moment.”

Really good, actually.

It was Arsenal’s 11th win in 13 league games and takes the Gunners back to the top of the table, two points ahead of Manchester City, who took the lead on Saturday with a last-gasp win over Fulham. was It also sends an even stronger message to City that Arsenal are likely to be their main challengers for the title this season after this result added to previous wins against Liverpool and Tottenham.

For Chelsea, though, it was another disappointing performance that will add to the pressure on manager Graham Potter, especially since last week’s 4-1 loss at his former club Brighton.

Arsenal were in control for most of the game and could have been ahead at the break if Gabriel Jesus had extended his goal drought to a ninth consecutive game in all competitions with his best first-half chance from close range. He lost his head.

Chelsea, meanwhile, rarely threatened even after falling behind – although the driving rain that fell for the last 20 minutes turned the game into more of a slog. Former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, facing the Gunners for the first time since leaving the club for Barcelona in January, remained silent until he was sent off after the opening goal.

Arsenal were on the front foot for most of the first half, but could not force a save from Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy. Ben White fired narrowly wide of the area in the 10th minute, Gabriel Martinelli fired just wide of the target in the 17th minute and Jesus had a shot blocked by Thiago Silva after stealing the ball from Ruben Loftus-Cheek. did Area in the 20th.

Jesus then missed the best chance in the 29th when he failed to connect with Martinelli’s cross, glancing his head wide.

Chelsea rarely threatened until Kai Havertz ran onto a ball in the area in the 34th but could only make a routine save from Aaron Ramsdale.

In the end, it was a defender who broke the deadlock.

Saka’s corner eluded the hosts as it bounced into the area before being turned into the top of the net by Gabriel.

Saka had a chance to double the lead in the 68th but blasted well over the bar from a difficult angle.

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard also missed a good chance after being sent through on a quick counter-attack by Jesus, curling his shot high after breaking inside.

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