Emile Smith Rowe scored the only goal of the match as Arsenal recorded a 1-0 win over Chelsea in Wednesday evening’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
The result has moved the Gunners above Everton into eighth position in the Premier League table, while Chelsea remain fourth, six points clear of fifth-placed West Ham United, who now have a game in hand.
Kai Havertz missed a big chance for Chelsea in the 11th minute of the contest as he fired over the crossbar after breaking into a shooting area, and Arsenal took the lead less than five minutes later, with the Gunners helped by a poor piece of play from Blues midfielder Jorginho.
Indeed, Kepa Arrizabalaga had to scramble back towards his own goal to keep out a back pass from Jorginho, but the ball fell for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who picked out Smith Rowe, and the Englishman simply could not pass up the chance to make breakthrough at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa was in the correct position, providing a passing option for Zouma who failed to see his forward options in Gilmour/Chilwell. He instead played a bad ball into Jorginho who was under pressure which resulted in him playing a hurried back pass leading to the goal.
Mason Mount twice came close to drawing Chelsea level in the period that followed, but the first half ended with Arsenal holding a one-goal advantage in the London derby.
The Blues had the ball in the back of the net just past the hour through Christian Pulisic, but the goal was disallowed following a VAR check, with the American clearly in an offside position.
Thomas Tuchel’s side continued to press for a leveller as the second period gathered pace, with Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud both hitting the crossbar late on, but it was not to be for the FA Cup and Champions League finalists, who are not yet secure of a spot in the top four.