Premier League

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku scores as Blues win London derby

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku's goal was his 114th in the Premier League, taking him above Ian Wright into the top 20 on the goalscoring list

Romelu Lukaku scored his first ever Chelsea goal - almost a decade after his debut - as Thomas Tuchel's team deservedly beat Arsenal.

Lukaku, who was at Chelsea as a teenager, started at the Emirates after his £97.5m signing from Inter Milan and looks to have given the Blues an ominous new dimension.

His hold-up and link-up play caused Arsenal problems all day - and the Belgian duly gave them the lead.

Lukaku was involved in the build-up and then finished the move from close range into an empty net from Reece James' pass.

James got the second himself as he slammed the ball into the roof of the net from Mason Mount's pass to make it two wins from two in the league.

Lukaku almost made it 3-0 but his header was tipped onto the bar by Bernd Leno.

Arsenal, missing centre-back Ben White through Covid, have now lost more London derbies in the Premier League this season than last - after just two games.

It is only the third time Arsenal have lost their opening two Premier League matches in a season.

Has Lukaku made Chelsea the complete package?

European champions Chelsea were already being tipped as major title contenders, having been one of the best teams around since Tuchel's arrival in January.

The one thing they lacked last season was a prolific goalscorer - but they now have that in Lukaku.

Five days short of a decade after his Chelsea debut, this was his 16th appearance for the club - having been at West Brom, Everton, Manchester United and Inter Milan in the interim.

And he gives the Blues a focal point up top and the clinical finisher that they have missed.

The 28-year-old opened the scoring when he held the ball up before playing it to Kovacic and then leaving Pablo Mari on the turf as he raced into the six-yard box to finish from James' cross.

He was also tackled by Granit Xhaka in the build-up to the second goal.

Chelsea could have had more goals - with Lukaku having eight of their 22 efforts himself - including the one Leno tipped onto the woodwork.

Kai Havertz went close to a third as well from Lukaku's pass but Leno stopped his shot with his legs.

The worry for Chelsea's title rivals will be in trying to find any weaknesses.

Their defence is almost unbreachable at times, midfielders N'Golo Kante - who was a second-half substitute - and Jorginho are two-thirds of the shortlist for the Uefa player of the year award, and Mount and Kai Havertz support Lukaku up front.

Next up will be their biggest test of the season yet, away to Liverpool - who are also on six points - on Saturday.

Arsenal make unwanted piece of history

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Arsenal had never opened a league campaign with two defeats and no goals in their previous 117 seasons of existence - until now.

The Gunners, who lost 2-0 to Brentford in the season opener, started the game well in front of their biggest home crowd in almost 18 months.

Bukayo Saka laid the ball off for Emile Smith Rowe, whose 25-yard shot was saved early on.

The fans were on their feet cheering a good Nicolas Pepe run, but it eventually led to nothing - and they looked beaten from the moment Lukaku scored.

Their left side was exposed by James for both goals.

James was involved at the other end too - Arsenal felt they should have had a penalty when he shoved over England team-mate Saka. After a long video assistant referee review, the referee's decision not to give the penalty stood.

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If Rob Holding had scored with a header from eight yards out in the second half, that could have sparked a comeback but he headed wide.

Arsenal have injury and illness problems - with £50m centre-back White out with Covid, Alexandre Lacazette recovering from the illness and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only fit for the bench after catching the virus too.

But all signs are already pointing to another season of struggle. After two eighth-placed finishes in a row, could it get even worse?

August 1992 was the first month of the Premier League. That was the last time before now Arsenal were in the relegation zone at the end of a day with more than one game played.

Mikel Arteta's side play West Brom in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, and their next league game is at champions Manchester City next Sunday.

Player of the match

HavertzKai Havertz

with an average of 8.70


  1. Squad number7Player nameSaka
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  2. Squad number10Player nameSmith Rowe
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  3. Squad number1Player nameLeno
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  4. Squad number3Player nameTierney
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  5. Squad number23Player nameSambi Lokonga
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  6. Squad number19Player namePépé
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  7. Squad number34Player nameXhaka
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  8. Squad number35Player nameGabriel Martinelli
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  9. Squad number14Player nameAubameyang
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  10. Squad number16Player nameHolding
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  11. Squad number20Player nameNuno Tavares
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  12. Squad number17Player nameCédric Soares
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  13. Squad number26Player nameBalogun
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  14. Squad number22Player nameMarí
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  1. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
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  2. Squad number9Player nameLukaku
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  3. Squad number24Player nameJames
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  4. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
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  5. Squad number7Player nameKanté
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  6. Squad number16Player nameMendy
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  7. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
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  8. Squad number3Player nameAlonso
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  9. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
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  10. Squad number4Player nameChristensen
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  11. Squad number19Player nameMount
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  12. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
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  13. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
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  14. Squad number11Player nameWerner
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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Leno
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 16HoldingBooked at 45mins
  • 22MaríBooked at 34mins
  • 3TierneySubstituted forTavaresat 66'minutes
  • 23Sambi LokongaBooked at 67mins
  • 34Xhaka
  • 19Pépé
  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 7SakaSubstituted forAubameyangat 61'minutes
  • 35MartinelliSubstituted forBalogunat 79'minutes


  • 14Aubameyang
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 20Tavares
  • 21Chambers
  • 24Nelson
  • 25Elneny
  • 26Balogun
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 32Ramsdale


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Christensen
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 24James
  • 5Jorginho
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forKantéat 72'minutes
  • 3Alonso
  • 19MountSubstituted forZiyechat 82'minutes
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forWernerat 90'minutes
  • 9Lukaku


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 7Kanté
  • 11Werner
  • 14Chalobah
  • 15Zouma
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

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    Match ends, Arsenal 0, Chelsea 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 0, Chelsea 2.

  3. Post update

    N'Golo Kanté (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

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    Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Timo Werner replaces Kai Havertz.

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    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Folarin Balogun.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Rob Holding.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jorginho.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kai Havertz (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Reece James.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech replaces Mason Mount.

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    Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Granit Xhaka (Arsenal).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Reece James (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Folarin Balogun replaces Gabriel Martinelli because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Rob Holding.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mason Mount.

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