EPL: Tammy Abraham helps Chelsea tame Arsenal 2-1

Updated: Dec 30, 2019, 08:24 IST | AFP | London

Striker Abraham scores late to power Chelsea's dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 win over Gunners in London derby

Chelsea's Tammy Abraham celebrates scoring against Arsenal during the English Premier League encounter in London yesterday. Pic/AFP
Chelsea's Tammy Abraham celebrates scoring against Arsenal during the English Premier League encounter in London yesterday. Pic/AFP

London: Chelsea ruined Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta's home debut as Tammy Abraham's late strike sealed a dramatic 2-1 win after Bernd Leno's horrific blunder turned the tide in a thrilling London derby on Sunday.

Leading through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's early goal at the Emirates Stadium, Arteta was just seven minutes away from securing his first victory in his second game in charge. But Gunners goalkeeper Leno made a hash of coming to catch a free-kick and Jorginho tapped in to spark a Chelsea fightback that climaxed in Abraham firing home with three minutes left.

Familiar collapse
After dominating the first half, it was a shocking but familiar collapse from Arsenal, whose lack of steel was the key element in the downfall of Arteta's predecessor Unai Emery. In their final game of the decade, Arsenal showed just how much work Arteta has to do to steer the Gunners back to respectability in his first managerial role.

Woeful show
After coming from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in his first match on Thursday, Arteta would have been encouraged by their bright start—but not the woeful meltdown that leaves Arsenal with only one win in their last 15 games in all competitions. Arsenal, 12 points adrift of the top four, have lost four consecutive home fixtures in all competitions for the first time in 60 years. They also suffered three successive top-flight home defeats for the first time since 1977. Fourth placed Chelsea had lost five of their last seven league games, but a second successive away win—following their recent success at Tottenham—moves them four points clear of fifth placed Manchester United.

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