Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in derby thriller

By Reuters: Saturday, August 18th 2018 at 21:32 GMT +3 | Football

* Pedro opened the scoring in ninth minute for Chelsea

* Morata doubled hosts' lead in 20th minute

* Mkhitaryan and Iwobi drew Arsenal level before halftime

* Marcos Alonso struck Chelsea winner in 81st minute

* Chelsea next at Newcastle, Arsenal host West Ham

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Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-2 in a pulsating London Premier League derby on Saturday with defender Marcos Alonso scoring an 81st-minute winner after the Gunners had fought back from an early 2-0 deficit.

In a hectic first half, Chelsea went ahead in the ninth minute when Pedro buried a cross by Alonso. Out-of-form striker Alvaro Morata scored only his second league goal of 2018, fed by a through ball from Cesar Azpilicueta 11 minutes later.

Arsenal clawed their way back into the game in the 37th minute when Henrikh Mkhitaryan drilled in a low shot that Kepa Arrizabalaga -- the world's most expensive goalkeeper making his home debut -- could not keep out. Alex Iwobi made it 2-2 four minutes later as Arsenal exploited Chelsea's vulnerability on the flanks.

In a tighter second half, neither side could carve out as many chances but Alonso settled the game when Belgium winger Eden Hazard, on as a substitute, carved open the Arsenal defence for the Spanish defender to finish in Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri's first home game in charge.

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