A complete disappointment for Arsenal and a great debut for Lukaku as Chelsea easily beat rivals 0-2

Lukaku scored the opening goal of his first match after returning to Chelsea

On Matchday 2 of the English Premier League, Arsenal suffered a 0-2 defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

Romelu Lukaku, who made his first appearance for the Blues since returning to the club, opened the scoring. 15 minutes after the whistle, he tapped in a cross from Reece James.

Some minutes later, a 21-years-old Englishman found himself on the scoresheet having hammered a ball into the far post doubling the score.

Chelsea started the season with two victories, 5-0 on aggregate, and now share first place in the table with Liverpool, which they are meeting next Saturday, while Arsenal are tied for 19th place in the opening two rounds.

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Chelsea players celebrate their second goal

Chelsea players celebrate their second goal

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel assessed the game of his men soberly, saying that the team is still far from the kind of football he demands: 

“I was impressed with the result at half-time. We could have played better. We were not as sharp as we can be. We digest a long week as we gave them a big load with players coming in late. From time to time there were heavy legs and sloppy in passing. But we overcame the difficult moments with quality and luck. We controlled the match in the second half. Still room to improve.”

Mikel Arteta‘s team will play in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday against West Bromwich from the Championship, and the next game in the league will be against the formidable reigning champions Manchester City next Sunday. The Londoners risk remaining at the bottom of the table after the first three tours.

Arsenal manager said that he and the team will try to make the best of the current situation, recalling that this is only the beginning of the season:

“I don’t think the club in their history have faced something like this, we have to face the challenge, the league, or table is not decided in August. The worst thing you can do is throw in the towel, we certainly are not going to do that.”

“I don’t like to feel sorry for myself, it is the situation we are missing. I think everyone can see at the moment we don’t have the squad that we want and it seems to be more difficult by the day. These young players are giving their maximum, it is their first or second time they are playing in the Premier League and they are playing against a top, top opponent”

– The Spaniard complained about problems with the lineup, as many key players were absent.

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  • In what is their 118th campaign in England’s top four tiers, Arsenal have opened a league season with two defeats and no goals after two matches for the first time in their history.
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored his 114th Premier League goal, overtaking Ian Wright to become the competition’s 20th highest scoring player.