Arsenal v Chelsea (2019-20)
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Arsenal v Chelsea
EventPremier League 2019-20
DateSunday 29 December 2019
VenueEmirates Stadium, London
Man of the MatchJorginho
RefereeCraig Pawson
Weather9 °C (48 °F)
Arsenal - Bournemouth
Chelsea - Southampton
Arsenal - Man Utd
Chelsea - Brighton

Arsenal v Chelsea was a match which took place at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday 29 December 2019.

Chelsea staged a stunning late comeback to snatch victory and wreck Mikel Arteta's return to Emirates Stadium as Arsenal manager.

Arteta, taking charge of his first home game since succeeding sacked Unai Emery, looked on course for three important points after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's early header put the Gunners in front.

Chelsea, with manager Frank Lampard making a first-half tactical switch when he introduced Jorginho for the struggling Emerson, were gifted an equaliser seven minutes from time when goalkeeper Bernd Leno hopelessly misjudged Mason Mount's free-kick to leave the substitute with a simple finish.

Arsenal were doubly frustrated because Jorginho was fortunate to escape a second yellow card for a cynical foul on Lucas Torreira - but Arteta's home bow was to get even more painful.

Chelsea struck again with three minutes of normal time left, Tammy Abraham turning Arsenal substitute Shkodran Mustafi far too easily in the area to beat Leno and complete the smash-and-grab raid.

"We were so awful for the first 30 minutes; slow, lethargic, nervous," Lampard told BBC Sport.

"We gave Arsenal everything they wanted. We made the change early, felt it had to be done, and second half we dominated.

"You can accept a miss-pass but you can't accept lethargy in a London derby. The players were told that and they delivered. The second half was nothing to do with tactics it was all to do with spirit and desire."

Arsenal, who lost defender Calum Chambers to injury in the first half, will start 2020 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and without a Premier League home win since 6 October.

It is the first time they have lost four consecutive home matches in all competitions since December 1959.

Arteta understandably looked downcast as he and his players took sympathetic applause from their fans after they were left stunned by Chelsea's late surge.

For the first half-hour Arsenal dominated a desperately poor Chelsea and there was much to encourage everyone inside a vibrant Emirates Stadium as the new era kicked into life.

The Gunners, however, ran out of steam towards the end of the first half as Chelsea, helped by Lampard removing Emerson and sending on Jorginho, started to dominate and continued to do so after the break.

Arsenal were resilient but were hanging on and ultimately it was a calamitous individual error and familiar defensive fragility that was to prove their undoing.

Leno's rush of blood left Jorginho with the easiest of finishes, although Arsenal certainly had a case to complain about his continued presence on the pitch after escaping that second yellow card.

And then Mustafi, on for the injured Chambers, was at fault when he allowed Abraham far too much time to control, turn and score the winner.

Arteta will have seen some good signs but ultimately old faults let Arsenal down. There is going to be no quick fix.

Chelsea boss Lampard clearly felt he got his team selection wrong, as he ditched his three-man central defence and introduced Jorginho after 34 minutes - and deserves great credit for seeing it was not working and putting it right.

It did improve Chelsea but in reality they could not get any worse in a feisty London derby which saw nine players booked.

They took complete control of possession and territory after the break, with Lampard's subsequent substitutions also having an impact.

Teenager Tariq Lamptey was a lively presence down Chelsea's right flank on his Premier League debut after replacing Fikayo Tomori while Callum Hudson-Odoi did well when he came on for Matteo Kovacic.

Lampard looked like he was going to be frustrated by Chelsea's lack of end product once more but they were given that late lifeline by Leno's dreadful error as well as the generosity of referee Craig Pawson in allowing Jorginho to stay on.

Abraham completed the comeback for a dramatic win.

There is a rollercoaster nature to this Chelsea side, as proved by their results, a home defeat by Southampton sandwiched in between wins at Tottenham and Arsenal, but they got the job done to cement their place in the Premier League's top four.



29 December 2019
14:00 GMT
Arsenal Arsenal FC 1–2 Chelsea FC Chelsea Emirates Stadium, London
Attendance: 60,309
Referee: Craig Pawson
Aubameyang Soccerball 13' HT:1–0
Jorginho Soccerball 83'
Abraham Soccerball 87'
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01Bernd Leno
15Ainsley Maitland-Niles
21Calum ChambersSub off 23'
23David LuizYellow card
77Bukayo Saka
29Mattéo GuendouziYellow card
11Lucas TorreiraYellow card
24Reiss NelsonSub off 86'
10Mesut ÖzilSub off 76'
14Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
09Alexandre LacazetteYellow card
19Nicolas PépéSub on 86'
20Shkodran MustafiSub on 23'
26Emiliano Martínez
27Konstantinos Mavropanos
28Joe WillockSub on 76'
32Emile Smith-Rowe
45Tyreece John-Jules
Flag of Spain Mikel Arteta
01Kepa Arrizabalaga
02Antonio RüdigerYellow card
15Kurt Zouma
29Fikayo TomoriSub off 59'
28César Azpilicueta
07N'Golo KantéYellow card
17Mateo KovačićSub off 70'
33EmersonSub off 34'
19Mason MountYellow card
09Tammy Abraham
04Andreas Christensen
05JorginhoSub on 34'Yellow card
08Ross Barkley
13Willy Caballero
20Callum Hudson-OdoiSub on 70'
23Michy Batshuayi
48Tariq LampteySub on 59'
England Frank Lampard

Man of the Match:

Assistant referees:
Lee Betts
Richard West
Fourth official:
Martin Atkinson

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time or penalties.
  • Three points awarded to winner, none to loser.
  • One point awarded to each in the event of a draw.
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

Match Stats

Overall Arsenal Chelsea
Goals scored 12
Total shots 713
Shots on target 24
Ball possession 42%58%
Corner kicks 23
Fouls committed 1319

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