Arsenal vs Chelsea: It was a humiliating defeat for Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team, who Chelsea overpowered in the rain.

Having left in 2014, Romelu Lukaku netted a close-range goal after good work from Reece James on the flank. Later on, James added a second goal, sending the ball into the net following a great play. Both goals occurred in the first half, and Chelsea didn’t provide much of a threat in the second half, as they dominated possession.

Lukaku’s first-ever Chelsea goal gave Thomas Tuchel’s team the lead with only Lukaku’s third touch. Chelsea has a good chance of bringing the Premier League title to London after this performance.

Arsenal was without a number of key players and a loss like this won’t define their season, but they’re still a long way from the top four and it may be a long season ahead.

Not one striker in the world has the mix of stature, strength, and movement that Lukaku possesses. It’s also true that there are just a few strikers in the world who possess Lukaku’s spatial awareness and clever movement. Because Lukaku had just 13 touches in the first half of Sunday’s match, Arsenal is badly deficient in muscular center-backs as well as dependable readers of the game.

As of now, Arsenal’s season is yet to begin.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Aubameyang and Lacazette have both been confirmed to have COVID-19, and Thomas Partey has been injured. That’s three of Arsenal’s best players from last season and that’s before $70-million center-back Ben White joined them shortly before Sunday’s match. Through two games, this amateurishness has raised more questions than answers. Manchester City awaits next weekend with 0 points and no goals. 

Tuchel on Lukaku:

“I am very happy with how he has integrated already, a very smart guy who likes to be in the group. He is a very democratic leader, talks to everyone is friendly, and is totally competitive. He gives us something we did not have, to protect balls. You cannot start better than a goal and he assisted some chances.

“I didn’t expect too much but I wanted to see his capability to adapt and to link up, that is what he did very good and the guys like to play with each other.

“I don’t know if it is possible to manage games in the Premier League, in some moments it was too open. They created some overloads on each side and we had to overcome but we were in control defensively. We could create some chances. In the Premier League when you don’t score the third or fourth you can never be sure.”

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