By Paul Mukana
Arsenal showcased one of their season’s best performance as they trounced Chelsea 4.2 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
Youngster Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring for Arsenal after he capitalised on Andreas Christiensen’s header to complete a clinical finish in the 13th minute.
Chelsea responded quickly after Timo Werner netted a deflected shot 4 minutes later.
Arsenal were quite tactical in the better part of the first half and Emile Smith Rowe scored from the edge with a brilliant touch that caught Chelsea goalkeeper totally off guard in the 27th minute.
Chelsea responded once again just after 5 minutes with their Spanish skipper Ceazor Azpilqueta scoring a wonderful volley.
The score was level 2.2 at the break.
Nketiah capitalised yet again on sluggishness of the Chelsea backline and restored Arsenal’s lead in the 57th minute.
The brace meant that Nketiah had scored two EPL goals after a one year drought.
Chelsea looked exhausted and seemed to be affected by the sanctions that were imposed on the club by the UK government recently.
Apparently, only 32,249 fans were allowed in Stamford Bridge as Chelsea succumbed to their 3rd consecutive defeat at home conceding 11 goals in the fete.
The sanctions are as a result of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich being put on notice amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine diplomatic feud.
They lost 4.1 to Brentford, 3.1 to Real Madrid in the champions league and yesternight’s 4.2 loss to Arsenal.
The win takes Arsenal’s tally to 57 points, level with Tottenham ,all of them having played 32 games and remaining with 6.
Manchester United are 6th with 54 points having played one more game than both Arsenal and Tottenham.
In other results, Manchester City scored 3 second half goals(Mahrez, Foden & Silva) to beat Brighton 3.0 at Etihad.
City have now leapfrogged Liverpool with a point (76), with 6 games remaining as the battle for the league title enters its homestretch.
Everton were held at home by Leicester 1.1 as Newcastle beat Crystal Palace 1.0 inside St. James Park.
Arsenal will host Manchester United on Saturday evening in a mouth watering tie that will determine the race for the top 4 slot.