Chelsea stage dramatic late comeback to snatch unlikely victory at Arsenal

Chelsea completed a stunning late turnaround to beat Arsenal 2-1 despite being outplayed for much of the match.

New Gunners boss Mikel Arteta looked set to take an impressive victory from his first home match in charge before a Bernd Leno howler gifted Jorginho an 83rd minute equaliser.

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Abraham scored a dramatic winner

And things went from bad to worse four minutes later as the Blues caught Arsenal on the break and snatched all three points thanks to a smart turn and finish from Tammy Abraham.

It seemed impossible after Chelsea were blown away by a resurgent Arsenal, who were electric inside the opening 30 minutes.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stooped low to head the hosts in front on 13 minutes and the Gunners dominated for large parts of the game thereafter.

Leno’s howler gifted Chelsea their equaliser

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Leno’s howler gifted Chelsea their equaliser

The Blues, who did improve after the break, were forced to change the system entirely and even introduce 19-year-old Tariq Lamptey for his first-team debut, making their victory all the more remarkable.

Frank Lampard will wonder how his side didn’t suffer a sixth defeat in eight matches, while Arteta will question how on earth he is winless in his opening two matches.

Arsenal ripped into a disorganised and disoriented Chelsea from the off.

Aubameyang gave the Gunners a deserved lead

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Aubameyang gave the Gunners a deserved lead

The Gunners pulled the Blues apart at will, with Emerson particularly enduring a torrid time on the left.

That the home side took the lead came as no surprise. Chambers nodded a corner across goal and Emerson switched off entirely, allowing Aubameyang to ghost behind him and make it 1-0 after 13 minutes.

Just when Arsenal started eyeing victory however, Chelsea turned the tables.

Arteta will be left scratching his head

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Arteta will be left scratching his head

Leno misjudged Chelsea’s free-kick to miss the ball entirely and gift Jorginho a tap-in.

Both Arteta and his keeper had their heads in their hands from that clanger, but the misery was only just beginning.

Chelsea broke at pace, with Abraham and Willian linking up before the England striker conjured a decisive finish.

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