Goals: Arsenal – Chelsea FC – Played on 05/02/ 2023
Arsenal defeats Chelsea 3-1 in Premier League match
In a highly anticipated Premier League match, Arsenal defeated Chelsea 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Martin Odegaard scored a hat-trick, with goals in the 18th and 31st minutes, and Gabriel Jesus added another goal in the 34th minute. Noni Madueki scored Chelsea’s only goal in the 65th minute. With this win, Arsenal temporarily regained the lead in the Premier League standings with 78 points, while Chelsea’s balance froze at 39 points in 12th place.
Arsenal’s Strong Start:
Arsenal started the match strongly, nearly scoring in the fourth minute after Azpilcuit made a mistake returning a ball to Kiba. Xhaka killed it and hit a direct ball from inside the 6-yard area, but the Spanish goalkeeper excelled in stopping it. Arsenal reappeared in the 15th minute, with Saka rising to cross from the left side, hitting a header that was barely saved by Kiba.
Odegaard Scores Twice:
Arsenal opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Xhaka sent a cross from the left side, which Odegaard followed with a direct shot from inside the area that hit the crossbar and settled into the net. Arsenal added a second goal in the 31st minute in a similar way, with Odegaard following another cross from the left side inside the area from Xhaka, hitting a straight ball that hit the net.
Arsenal continued to hit Chelsea’s goal by adding the third goal in the 34th minute, after Chelsea’s defense faltered in clearing a ball inside the area, paving the way for Jesus, who hit a powerful ball that hit Kiba’s net. The first half ended with the Gunners leading 3-0.
Second Half Action:
Arsenal tried to add a fourth goal early in the second half, with Gabriel rising to cross from a corner kick in the 51st minute, hitting a header that Silva removed from the goal line. Arsenal continued their offensive flood, with Xhaka manipulating Fofana in the 53rd minute, hitting a ground ball from inside the area, but Kiba excelled in banishing it to a corner kick.
Chelsea narrowed the difference in the 65th minute after Kovacic sent a distinctive through to Madueki inside the area, who separated Bramsdale and hit the net. After a period of calm, Arsenal returned to the offensive again in the 84th minute, with a powerful shot from Odegaard from inside the area, which was blocked by Kepa.
Ziyash searched for leaving a mark in the second minute of stoppage time, with a shot from outside the area that went wide of the goal. Havertz followed him with a powerful shot from inside the area in the third minute of stoppage time, which Ramsdale caught, ending the match with Arsenal’s victory (3-1).
The match was a display of Arsenal’s strong offense and skillful ball handling, with Odegaard scoring an impressive hat-trick. Chelsea struggled to keep up, with their only goal coming late in the match. Arsenal’s win temporarily puts them back on top of the Premier League standings, while Chelsea remains in 12th place.