Jorginho’s defensive howler handed Mikel Arteta’s men a morale-boosting win at Stamford Bridge that saw the Blues miss an opportunity to effectively wrap up their top-four spot.
The Blues are made bright start to the game as Kai Havertz handed a glorious chance but squanders a wonderful opportunity to put Chelsea ahead.
Four minutes later, the Gunners have taken the lead through Emile Smith-Rowe, who capitalize Jorginho’s defensive howler to score a lovely goal.
The Italian midfielder, normally so composed on the ball, attempted a no-look back-pass to goalkeeper Kepa, only to discover in horror that the Spaniard had moved wide to offer a passing option, leaving the ball trickling towards an empty net.
Kepa did remarkably well to scramble back and hook the ball off the line, saving Jorginho from one of the all-time great Premier League own-goals, but the keeper succeeded only in palming the ball straight to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who squared for Emile Smith-Rowe to tuck home on 16 minutes.
The Blues thought they were level when Christian Pulisic bundled home at the back stick midway through the second half, only to see his goal correctly chalked off for offside.
Arsenal have completed the league double over Chelsea for the first time since the ‘Invincible’ 2003/04 season, while also claiming their first victory at Stamford Bridge since 2011. #afc pic.twitter.com/aNbNpsNFrz— afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 12, 2021
And Chelsea went close again as the game drifted into stoppage time, with Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud both hitting the bar in quick succession.
But, despite dominating possession and territory for much of the match, Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to break down the visitors’ deep-lying defence as the much-changed Chelsea line-up were left looking frustrated at full-time.
The result leaves the Blues still potentially in danger of being caught in the top four race. Wins in their remaining matches would still see Tuchel’s men secure one of those berths, but this result gives chasing West Ham United and Liverpool a glimmer of hope.
Arsenal’s win moves them to within a point of neighbours Spurs as Mikel Arteta’s men look to end a disappointing season on a morale-boosting high.
Emile Smith Rowe's fourth goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/ZXCVb4qSr9— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) May 12, 2021