Super Eagles’ attacker, Alex Iwobi scored his first goal of the season as Marcos Alonso’s late goal gave Chelsea who had Victor Moses confined to the bench a 3-2 win over Arsenal in a frantic encounter in Maurizio Sarri’s first competitive game at Stamford Bridge, AOIFootball.com reports.
Arsenal made two changes from their opening day bloss to Manchester City with Nacho Monreal replacing the injured Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Alex Iwobi was in for Aaron Ramsey.
The Blues aced into a two-goal lead when Pedro (9) and Alvaro Morata (20) capitalised on woeful Arsenal defending to put Chelsea 2-0 up, as both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed sitters for the visitors after each goal.
Mkhitaryan blazed over at the other end, but redeemed himself after 37 minutes with a fierce drive from the edge of the box to half the deficit for the Gunners.
Arsenal levelled through Iwobi’s slammed finish from 10 yards, picked out by Mkhitaryan after Chelsea gave him the freedom of west London, and Emery’s side would have gone into half-time ahead if the Nigerian hadn’t blazed over from near the penalty spot in space again.
Substitute Eden Hazard danced past Alexandre Lacazette with ease on the left, before finding Alonso eight yards out to sweep through Cech’s legs as the Blues held on for a convincing 3-2 victory.
Iwobi was making his first appearance of the season and featured for 75 minutes before being replaced. He had a game rating of 7.2, completing 56% of his passes and created two big chances. He also showed his defensive strength by making 2 clearances and one interception.