An off-colour Arsenal recorded a shock victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League (EPL) on Wednesday.
The game saw Chelsea slip up in their push for a Champions League spot; losing 1-0 at home to London rivals, Arsenal.
Emile Smith Rowe’s first-half goal settled the London derby following a defensive mix-up by the hosts. The visitors capitalised on a wayward back pass by Chelsea’s Jorginho to goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga; who scrambled back to palm it off the line.
However, the ball fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who cut it back for Smith Rowe to score in the 16th minute.
Five minutes earlier, Kai Havertz had spurned a glorious chance to put Chelsea ahead. The German dispossessed Arsenal defender Pablo Mari and ran through on goal. But the leggy forward fired over when he looked certain to score.
Chelsea dominated the ball but failed break down the organised defensive lines set up by Arsenal.
The Blues almost drew level in the 90th minute. Kurt Zouma’s header was tipped onto the crossbar by Bernd Leno and former Gunner; Olivier Giroud, on as a sub, volleyed against the bar. The rare defeat under coach Thomas Tuchel left Chelsea in the last of the Premier League’s four Champions League qualifying spots with two games to play.
They are six points clear of West Ham United who have three matches left; as well as seven ahead of Liverpool who have four games to play. Arsenal edged up to eighth spot but have played more matches than Everton and Tottenham Hotspur; their main rivals in the hunt for a Europa League spot.
Chelsea play Leicester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday; before taking on Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29.