Premier League: Arsenal crush Chelsea to return to the top of the league

Arsenal ended champions Manchester City’s short stay at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Chelsea on Sunday that reinforced their credentials as genuine title challengers.
Premier League: Arsenal crush Chelsea to return to top

Arsenal ended champions Manchester City’s short stay at the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Chelsea on Sunday that reinforced their credentials as genuine title challengers.

A second-half goal by Brazilian defender Gabriel earned Mikel Arteta’s side their 11th win in 13 league games and they have now beaten Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Newcastle United moved into third place with a 4-1 victory at Southampton taking them above Tottenham who lost 2-1 at home to Liverpool, for whom Mohamed Salah scored twice.

Unai Emery marked his return to English management as his Aston Villa side ended Manchester United’s nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions with a 3-1 victory.

While Villa moved into a relatively comfortable 13th place, West Ham United are getting sucked down towards the relegation places after losing 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

Manchester City’s last-gasp win at home to Fulham on Saturday, courtesy of an Erling Haaland penalty, sent Pep Guardiola’s side top with 32 points from 13 games.

A visit to Chelsea looked like a stumbling block for Arsenal, in spite of Chelsea’s poor form, but they eased to a victory that means Graham Potter’s Blues have now gone four games without a league win and sit down in seventh.

Gabriel’s 63rd minute toe-poke by Gabriel was enough to lift Arsenal to 34 points from 13 games.

“It’s another step forward,” Arteta said. “To prove ourselves that we can do it, that we can play at that level against these sorts of players and teams.

“I think we are a really young team but today we played like a mature team.”

While Arsenal are flying as the World Cup shutdown looms, Potter’s honeymoon at Stamford Bridge is well and truly over.

“We’re not in a fantastic moment as we speak and in the end Arsenal deserved to win because they were the better team overall,” Potter said.

“We have to take that and use it as motivation to improve.”

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