Hazard con­tin­ues his scor­ing run for Blues

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

CHELSEA are level with Manch­ester City and Liver­pool on 20 points af­ter their com­fort­able 3-0 win at Southamp­ton yes­ter­day.

Eden Hazard con­tin­ued his ex­cel­lent scor­ing form as his sev­enth goal of the sea­son helped put Chelsea into se­cond spot on goal dif­fer­ence.

Hazard fin­ished ex­pertly af­ter half an hour to give Chelsea the lead and Ross Barkley poked home to dou­ble the ad­van­tage in the se­cond half.

Southamp­ton, for whom Danny Ings and Ryan Ber­trand missed invit­ing chances, con­ceded a third in stop­page-time when Hazard freed sub­sti­tute Al­varo Morata.

Blues man­ager Mau­r­izio Sarri felt the fi­nal goal was the best of his short ten­ure and epit­o­mised the slick style of play he is try­ing to im­ple­ment.

“Some­thing like this, we moved the ball very quick, I think one touch, at the max­i­mum two touches, and then we ar­rived at the goal so easy,” he said. “I think it’s my foot­ball.”

Asked if it was the finest goal scored since he ar­rived in Eng­land, he added: “Sure, of course, be­cause I can see my way of foot­ball in this sit­u­a­tion.”

Arse­nal coasted to a 5-1 suc­cess at Ful­ham to move above north Lon­don ri­vals Tot­ten­ham and into fourth place, just two points be­hind the top three.

This was Arse­nal’s ninth con­sec­u­tive win in all com­pe­ti­tions, their best win­ning streak in 11 years.

Alexan­dre La­cazette fired Arse­nal ahead be­fore An­dre Schur­rle equalised against the run of play be­fore half-time.

But it was one-way traf­fic af­ter the break as La­cazette re­stored Arse­nal’s lead, Aaron Ram­sey scored with a sump­tu­ous flick and Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang struck twice late on.

Gun­ners man­ager Unai Emery said: “We worked hard in the se­cond half to im­pose this re­sult and this po­si­tion and mo­ment on the pitch. We are happy, but also calm be­cause we know each mo­ment, each match, is dif­fi­cult.”

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