FT: Chelsea 0-1 Arsenal.
Emile Smith Rowe's second Premier League goal gave Arsenal victory at Stamford Bridge.
It was only a few days ago Mikel Arteta said he would like Emile Smith Rowe to add more goals to his game and the midfield maestro answered his manager with the winning goal in west London.
Arsenal fought their way to their first victory at Bridge in 10 years with a brilliant display against Chelsea on Wednesday night and Emile Smith Rowe was happy he was able to score the only goal in the London derby. Chelsea could have taken the lead after defender Pablo Mari's error saw Kai Havertz in a one-on-one situation with Bernd Leno but the Blues' attacking midfielder hit the ball over the bar. Moments later the Thomas Tuchel’s side were trailing the Gunners as a mistake by Jorginho led to Smith Rowe breaking the deadlock. The hosts stepped up their efforts but the Gunners' No.1. Leno denied Havertz and Ben Chilwell the chance to equalise. Christian Pulisic found the net on the hour mark but his goal was disallowed for offside following a VAR review. The north London club were resilient in defending last night and eventually got all three points despite a late scare from Chelsea, who hit the woodwork twice in the closing minutes.
Following the tie, Arsenal match winner Emile Smith Rowe told Sky Sports they had to dig deep to beat Chelsea.
He said: "Important result, we had to dig deep, it was a tough test but important for our season.
"We worked on the pressing in training, high press and we did well to make them make the mistake and Auba [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang] set me up which was good."
On whether his goal was lucky: "That happens sometimes, I'm happy it went in but it was a slightly lucky finish. It means so much to score for this fantastic club, I just want to keep pushing on.
"I'm so tired but I feel like we played well, we looked tired at times but we got the three points and showed our character, we defended really well in patches and after this tough season it was a good performance from us today.
"We're working really hard in training and showed this season how good we can be, but we need to keep pushing forward."