Romelu Lukaku has marked his Chelsea’s second debut with eye-catching performances after showcasing series of magic display in Blues London derby win at Arsenal on Sunday evening.
The powerful frontman wrestled and bullied the Gunners defence all afternoon as the Blues cruised to a 2-0 victory at the Emirates, with their new £98m man firing the opener on his second debut.
The 28-year-old has returned to Stamford Bridge for a club record £98m as the missing piece of a proven goalscorer to turn the European champions winners into English champions.
A bright start in front of the first full house at the Emirates for 17 months quickly dissipated once Thomas Tuchel’s men found their rhythm and began to play to Lukaku’s strengths.
The Ex-Inter Milan striker received the ball with his back to goal on 15 minutes, shrugged off Pablo Mari as the ball was worked to Reece James on the right and then stayed onside to tap home his first English Premier League goal for the Blues.
Romelu Lukaku should have been given another on a plate moments later when James instead picked out Mason Mount, whose shot was deflected behind.
In second half of the game, Gunners shot-stopper Bernd Leno made an incredible save to deny Lukaku a debut double as he turned a bullet header onto the crossbar.
Romelu Lukaku’s game by numbers vs. Arsenal:
95% pass accuracy
11 touches inside the box
8 shots [7 inside the box]
7 aerials contested
4 aerials won
3 chances created
3 attempted dribbles
2 successful dribbles
2 big chances
2 fouls won