London, 13 May: Emil Smith Rowe took advantage of a defensive holer and Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to score the winner, preventing the hosts from finishing third in the Premier League.
On Wednesday, a pass-out goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga scrambled to block his own goal following an effort by Italian midfielder Jorginho, dodging the ball just before the ball crossed the line.
But Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang kept on hand to collect the ball and hit a boundary for Smith Rowe, who slipped home from inside the post. It was Arsenal’s third straight Premier League win and a much-needed morale-booster left the Gunners without a chance to qualify for the Champions League after losing in the semi-finals of the Europa League. Sasuolo 1-3 Juventus, Serie A: Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Diabala scored the 100th goal to retain the Bianconeri in the top-four race (see goal highlights).
The loss to Chelsea meant Thomas Tuchel’s side finished fourth and chased down teams from West Ham and Liverpool, hoping to overtake the Champions League final.
Chelsea held on to the second half and Christian Pulisic looked chauffeured to equalize the second half after reviewing the video assistant referee. Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud hit the crossbar each other in the 90th minute, as Chelsea wasted a chance several times in a dominant but disappointing performance.
Tuchel made seven changes to keep his players fresh, keeping in mind the FA Cup final against Leicester on Saturday. Kai Havertes missed a big chance to keep Chelsea ahead when he put Pablo Mari in goal inside his own half and came one-on-one with Bern Leno – only to thwart his attempt on the bar for.
Shortly afterwards, Arsenal were ahead after Jorginho did not realize that Kepa had walked sideways and gave the visitors the only real scoring chance of the game.
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