Romelu Lukaku made his second debut at Chelsea with his maiden Premier League goal for the Blues, as the European champions beat Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday to make up for a poor start to the season. The Belgian returned to Stamford Bridge for a football transfer record of £97m ($132m) as the missing piece of a proven scorer to turn Champions League winners into English champions.
Thomas Tuchel’s men got off to a fine start with six points for the purpose, scoring five goals and not getting from the opening two games in the Premier League season. In contrast, Arsenal did not score or score a goal, as the goal was discovered between Mikel Arteta’s men and the title contenders. Circumstances also opposed Arteta, who lost £50m, signing Ben White before the match for the fifth positive case of coronavirus in his team in the past 10 days.
Arsenal’s latest signings, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale were not recorded in time. While Chelsea needs to occupy a single position to complete an already quality team, Arsenal starts from scratch. Once Chelsea found their rhythm and started playing on Lukaku’s strength, a bright start in front of the first full home at the Emirates for 17 months quickly ended.
The former Inter Milano striker received the ball with his back in 15 minutes, took it down from Pablo Mari while the ball was taken by Reece James to the right, and then remained on the right to reach the target. His 114th Premier League goal for four different clubs.
Mount picked up his England teammate 10 minutes before the break, and James Bernd managed to overcome Leno. James, however, was lucky just before the break, when his push on Bukayo Saka, when he broke into the box, went unpunished by both referee Paul Tierney and VAR. Rob Holding should have halved Arsenal’s deficit after the break when the central defender walked away.
At the other end, Leno made his case for stopping Ramsdale without damage, turning a header over the crossbar, with an incredible save to deny Lukaku a double debut. Lukaku returned with disbelief at the replays on the big screen, but his presence dispelled any lasting doubts about Chelsea’s ability to challenge City in the title race this season. What football highlights as Chelsea beat Arsenal.