In search of a second equaliser, Aubameyang headed profligately wide from six yards out, and Joe Willock rattled the underside of the bar after Kepa had done well to force Pepe wide. Replays showed the ball had crossed the line, but no goal-line technology for this one!
The closing stages were open and entertaining, much like the start to the game. Aubameyang and Michy Batshuayi came closest to adding to the scoresheet, with Abraham also denied by Leno, but Chelsea’s work was done. Another excellent run-out at a good tempo, and a satisfying victory over local rivals to boot.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Mendy (Kepa 64); Zouma (Sterling h/t), Chalobah (Clarke-Salter 86), Rudiger (c) (Sarr h/t); Pulisic (Kante 64), Loftus-Cheek (Barkley 64), Kovacic (Drinkwater h/t), Hudson-Odoi (Baba 64); Ziyech (Batshuayi 64), Havertz (Abraham h/t), Werner (Zappacosta h/t).
Unused sub Bettinelli.
Scorers Havertz 26, Abraham 72
Booked Kovacic 42, Zappacosta 54
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno; Chambers (Bellerin 71), Holding (White h/t), Mari (Kolasinac 71), Tierney (Taveres 71); Elneny (Lokonga 71), Partey (Xhaka 40); Pepe, Smith Rowe (Willock 71), Aubameyang (c); Lacazette (Nketiah 71).
Unused subs Okonkwo, Willian, Maitland-Niles, Soares, Nelson.
Scorer Xhaka 69
Referee Andre Marriner