Haz­ard saves day for Sarri as Gun­ners mis­fire once again

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EDEN Haz­ard re­minded his new boss Mau­r­izio Sarri of his qual­ity with a game-changing cameo from the bench as Chelsea made it two wins from two and heaped fur­ther mis­ery on Unai Emery and Arse­nal with a manic 3-2 vic­tory.

Chelsea went ahead through Pe­dro nine min­utes in, be­fore Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang missed an open goal. Al­varo Mo­rata pun­ished him by mak­ing it 2-0 at the other end im­me­di­ately af­ter, with Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan then repli­cat­ing Aubameyang’s hor­ror miss.

But a crisp fin­ish from Mkhi­taryan made it 2-1 and then Alex Iwobi lev­elled it up be­fore half-time.

Mar­cos Alonso slot­ted home from Haz­ard’s as­sist in the 81st minute to edge Chelsea back ahead and it was enough to claim a 3-2 vic­tory in the Lon­don derby.

It meant that new Arse­nal boss Emery has suf­fered de­feat in his first two games at the Gun­ners.

Chelsea de­fender Alonso said af­ter a thrilling con­test that his side mer­ited the vic­tory. “I think in the first half it was half and half, we started dom­i­nat­ing and then lost a bit of space,” he said.

“They played bet­ter at the end but in the sec­ond half we were the bet­ter team. It is three de­served points.”

Haz­ard was full of praise for Sarri, with whom he shares his view on how foot­ball should be played. “He is the kind of man­ager who wants the ball, to con­trol the ball. I can’t say a wrong thing about that,” Haz­ard said. “He is a great man­ager, like we had be­fore.”

Emery thought they “suf­fered” de­fen­sively af­ter ship­ping three goals but was happy with the chances they cre­ated away from home.

He said: “We want to win. This is al­ways the way but it is clear that de­fen­sively we suf­fered three goals but also we had chances to get more goals. In the first half we are cre­at­ing chances to score, and for that I am happy. But also they had chances to score and that was the dif­fer­ence.”

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