Arsenal breathed new life into the race for the Premier League’s top four with a 2-0 win over Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny put Chelsea to the sword.

Hector Bellerin sustained a nasty-looking injury in the second half, but the victory reduced the gap to fourth-placed Chelsea.

Man of the match, Koscielny made history as he became the first Arsenal defender to score 20 Premier League goals. The Frenchman has scored in each of his nine campaigns in the competition – only Dennis Bergkamp (11), Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott (10 each) have scored in more for the Gunners.

Nigeria international, Alex Iwobi appeared in the high-profile derby for 29 minutes when he replaced goalscorer, Lacazette in front of 59,979 fans in London.

Defeat now leaves Maurizio Sarri’s side three points off fourth-placed Manchester United.

The only downside of the evening for Arsenal was Bellerin’s injury. Starting for the first time since a calf injury, the Spain full-back was carried off on a stretcher having gone down holding his knee.

Mohamed Elneny replaced the defender as Arsenal’s final change after Unai Emery had introduced Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Chelsea pushed forward in the hope of a spectacular comeback but it never materialised as Arsenal returned to winning ways.

Up next for Iwobi’s Arsenal is an FA Cup fourth-round tie against resurgent Manchester United at the Emirates. They return to Premier League action on Tuesday January 29 when Cardiff are the visitors to North London.

Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back when they take on Tottenham in the League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

Iwobi stats since the start of the season

Premier League
Year
Matches
Goals
Assists
2018-19
20
2
4
0
0
Football League Cup
2018-19
3
0
0
0
0
UEFA Europa League
2018-19
4
0
0
0
International Champions Cup
2018
2
0
0
0
0

 

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