Sports Desk, May 12 (EFE).- Arsenal nipped Chelsea 0-1 Wednesday at Stamford Bridge to secure their first league double against the Blues since 2003-2004.
The Gunners’ first Premier League triumph at Stamford Bridge in a decade was only the third defeat for the Blues in 26 matches under coach Thomas Tuchel, who has guided his new charges to the finals of both the FA Cup and the Champions League.
Though they missed a chance to vault over Leicester City into third place, Chelsea’s top-four finish looks to be secure, while Arsenal climb to eighth on 55 points, just 2 behind Liverpool in sixth.
Winning a London derby will certainly boost the morale of the Gunners in the wake of a loss to Villarreal in the Europa League semifinal that had appeared to doom their chances of playing in Europe next season.
Chelsea had 68 percent possession and outshot their opponents 19-5, but they were far short of their best in most facets of the game.
Kai Havertz had Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno beat in the 11th minute, only to send his effort over the cross-bar.
The Gunners went ahead five minutes later thanks to a blunder by Chelsea’s Jorginho. The midfielder sent the ball in the direction of Kepa Arrizabalaga without looking, forcing the keeper to scramble to keep it from crossing the line.
While he was able to keep it out, Kepa couldn’t control the ball and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was there to pull it back to Emile Smith Rowe, who scored into the empty net.
It was the youngster’s second goal in two matches.
Mason Mount forced a save from Leno before the break and Christian Pulisic appeared to equalize for Chelsea in the 61st minute, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Leno denied Pulisic in the 86th minute and got help from the woodwork against Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud on successive chances in the final minute of regulation. EFE apa/dr