Marcos Alonso's late minute strike power Chelsea to 3-2 win over Arsenal

Marcos Alonso's late minute strike power Chelsea to 3-2 win over Arsenal

- The Blues maintain their 100% record in the 2018-19 Premier League season

- They defeated visiting Arsenal 3-2 in their match day two encounter at the Bridge

- Sarri's men will battle Newcastle United in their next league game

Chelsea continued their impressive run in their 2018-19 Premier League season with a 3-2 win over Arsenal at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday, August 18.

Pedro Rodriguez put the Blues ahead just nine minutes into the game after benefiting from a Marcos Alonso's square play from the left flank.

Alvara Morata doubled his side's lead in the 20th minute of the fixture with a superb assist frpm Spanish wing back Cesar Azpilicueta.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan reduced Arsenal's deficit in the 37th minute after powering home a lose ball from Super Eagles attacker Alex Iwobi.

And just four minutes later, the Nigeria international leveled parity for the Gunners in the 41st minute after benefiting from a Mkhitaryan's assist. As both sides shared the spoil in the first 45 minutes of the minute.

The two teams returned to the pitch for the remainder of the game but didn't do much until later in the game as Marcos Alonso grabbed the winner for the hosts nine minutes from time through an Eden Hazard's assist.

Their victory means they maintain 100% record in the EPL after the second week, while Arsenal remain winless in their first two matches.

Maurizio Sarri's men will travel to Saint James' Park for their next encounter as Arsenal welcome West Ham United to the Emirates Stadium as they search for their first win of the season.

Please read our live updates below.

Final whistle: Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal

90+3' Arsenal with the last gasp as they look for an equaliser but conceded counter attacking move to Chelsea who failed to score with the last kick as Cech stopped Giroud one more time from scoring

90' What a thunderous shot from Aaron Ramsey but his effort rose a little higher than the goal post as the fourth official adds three extra minutes to play

89' Guendouzi wins a free kick for Arsenal after being tripped by Azpilicueta with barely two minutes to the end of the encounter

87' Cech with another brilliant save as he denied Olivier Giroud from getting his first against his former team

86' Hazard with a brilliant move but superb save from Petr Cech stopped him from making it four for the Blues

84' Kante trips Monreal at the left back position to win a free kick for the visitors

83' Another great interception Guendouzi as he stopped Hazard from initiating a counter attacking move

81' Gooooooaaaaaaalllllll Marcos Alonso converts Eden Hazard's fine cross at the left flank of the pitch

79' Matteo Guendouzi with a fine long pass for Hector Bellerin but the defender's poor control saw the ball went out of touch

78' What an impressive interception from Mateo Kovacic and their counter attacking effort was headed over the bar by Kante

76' Monreal with a glorious chance but his effort was blocked by Chelsea defence

75' Iwobi leaves the pitch for Alexandre Lacazette as Morata makes way for Olivier Giroud in a tactical substitution

72' Chelsea are asking all the questions as Lucas Toreira brings down newly introduced Mateo Kovacic in Arsenal's danger zone

70' Hazard with a fantastic move from the left flank but his cross failed to connect with any blue jersey player

67' Aaron Ramseh getting ready to come on as Unai Emery is planning to make his second substitution in the game

66' Alex Iwobi wins free kick for Arsenal as Kante fouls the Super Eagles star in his side's attacking move

64' Jorginho with a long range shot but the deflected shot was saved by Petr Cech

62' Chelsea seem to have regained momentum in the game as they are control of the game but their efforts was flagged off by the referee

60' Double substitution for Chelsea as Mateo Kovacic comes on for Ross Barkley while Willian comes in for Willain

58' Aubameyang got a fantastic pass but the assistant referee has already flagged him offside

57' Ross Barkley with a fantastic low shot but Cech's hand saved the ball from crossing the goal line as they won a corner kick

55' Pedro with a sharp and stunning turn but Morata failed to make good use of the ball as the ball went to corner

53' Chelsea's Marcos Alonso tried to create something from the left wing but his efforts went out of touch to gift Arsenal goal kick

53' Sokratis saved Arsenal's blushes as he blocked a goal-bound ball from Kante after which the danger was cleared

51' What a miscommunication from Arsenal players as they both reacted to the ball at the same time but missed the ball and wasted the chance

50' Aubameyang trips David Luis to win free kick for the Stamford Bridge side

48' Chelsea with a nice football move but Pedro Rodriguez balloons the ball over the bar

47' Monreal wins free kick for Arsenal after being tripped on the touchline by Pedro

46' Chelsea get us back under way in the second half of the meeting but quickly lose possession to Arsenal

Both teams are returning back to the pitch for the second half of the meeting as they are looking the winner

And it is half time at the Stamford Bridge as both sides are two goals apiece - Chelsea 2-2 Arsenal

45+3' Iwobi miss a fantastic chance in the late minutes of the first half as the ball found his weak foot in the Blues danger zone

44' What a miss for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after failing to put his side ahead for the first time in the game

43' Nacho Monreal drove into the left flank and cross the ball that found the Super Eagles forward and boom, scored the Gunners second goal

40' Gooooooaaaaaaaaaallllll Alex Iwobi with a powerful shot from Mkhitaryan fantastic cross from the left flank

38' What a brilliant save from Petr Cech after Alvaro Morata's long range shot was heading home to gift Chelsea a corner kick

37' Gooooooaaaaaaallllllll Henrikh Mkhitaryan powers a low shot into Chelsea's net after Alex Iwobi's effort was blocked by the Blues defenders

36' Alex Iwobi dispossessed of the ball as Chelsea tried attacking Arsenal but this time, Peter Cech saved the ball from going past him

34' Chelsea are stringing passes together as David Luis found Willian on the left flank but the final ball from Kante was blocked by the Gunners defence

32' Arsenal with another clear cut chance as Henrikh Mkhitaryan shoots above the post from a close ranger

27' Granit Xhaka with a rough tackle on Pedro Rodrigues as Chelsea win free kick close to the Gunner danger zone

25' Willian with another attacking move but the Brazilian was stopped by Arsenal defenders

21' Gooooooaaaaaaaalllllllll Alvaro Morata with a beautiful finish after benefiting from a clearance from his 18-yard box

19' Aubameyang wasted a fantastic chance after getting a superb pass but Chelsea with a counter attacking move through Morata doubles the Blues lead

17' Kepa Arrizabalaga makes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's shot look ordinary and he saved the striker's shot

16' Willian and Marcos Alonso tried making something happen from the left flank but the final ball failed to meet any blue shirt in the Gunners danger zone

15' Petr Cech saved Arsenal' blushed as he kept Willian from converting the chance he got

13' Ross Barkley with another chance to double the Blues lead but his effort went a bit above the goal post as are trying to beat the gunners' offside trap

9' Gooooooooaaaaaallllll Pedro Rodrigues puts Chelsea in front after connecting with a well placed and timely pass from Marcos Alonso

9' Arsenal with a beautiful chance from Mesut Ozil to take the lead but the ball went a bit wide after Monreal found Ozil in the box

7' Willian tried connecting with Marcos Alonso but his low cross met a player with red shirt who cleared the danger

5' Good defensive display from Sokratis Papastathopou as he stops a dangerous move from the hosts

3' Chelsea win a throwing on the right flank after Nacho Monreal headed a long pass from David Luis out of play

1' Arsenal get us underway here at the Stamford Bridge as they play in their traditional Red and white jersey - playing from right to left while the hosts in all blue playing from the opposite direction

Good evening and welcome to this evening's Premier League live updates between Chelsea and Arsenal

Chelsea line up: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Ruediger, David Luis, Marcos Alonso, N'golo Kante, Jorginho, Ross Barkley, Willian, Alvaro Morata and Pedro Rodriguez

Arsenal line up: Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopou, Shkodran Mustafi, Nacho Monreal, Matteo Guendouz, Granit Xhaka, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesur Ozil, Alex Iwobi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyan

- Chelsea host Arsenal in their Premier League match day two fixture

- The Blues claimed maximum point in their opening day encounter last weekend

- Both sides shared the spoils in their EPL meetings last season

Chelsea welcome Arsenal to the Stamford Bridge in their Premier League fixture on Saturday evening as they hope to build on their opening day victory over Huddersfield Town last weekend.

The Blues recorded an emphatic 3-0 victory over their hosts putting them just one step behind Liverpool on the table despite being on the same point.

They will be hoping they can biuld on their impressive performance that made them outshine David Wagner's men last weekend and beat the Gunners.

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Unai Emery's men on the other side didn't enjoy a bright start to their 2018-19 EPL campaign as they suffered an opening day home deat to champions Manchester City.

The Citizens were simply too much to handle for the north Londoners as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva scored the important goals that gave the visitors victory in the game.

However, the Gunners will be hoping they can clinch their first victory of the season when they travel to west London for the first time in the new season.

According to stats, this will be the 196th meeting between both sides as Arsenal have won 75 of those encounters while 58 ended up in draws.

The two teams failed to record victory in their two legged EPL affairs last term and they will be hoping to avoid the repeat this time around.

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Both sides have new managers and they will have new playing styles, but the Blues are going into this game on the back of their opening day victory.

They will also be counting on the support of their home fans to beat their visitors in the early evening encounter.

Chelsea possible line up: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Antonio Ruediger, Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jorginho, N'Golo Kante, Ross Barkley, Eden Hazard, Pedro Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata

Arsenal possible line up: Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Oezil, Lucas Torreira, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Graniot Xhaka, Alexandre Lacazette

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Time: 5:30pm

Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Chelsea got their 2018-19 premier League campaign off to a winning start after beating Huddersfield 3-0 at the John Smith's Stadium.

World Cup winning star N'golo Kante got the Blues started in the 34th minute through a close range jab into the net.

Just four minutes after conceding their first goal, Mathias Joergensen tried restoring parity for his side as he rose up to head the ball in the 38th minute, but he was denied by the wood works.

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