Chelsea v Arsenal player ratings: Jorginho 3, Thiago Silva 5; Bernd Leno 8, Emile Smith Rowe, 9

Blues' defeat could be costly in race for the Champions League

Chelsea slipped up in their push for a Champions League spot when they lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League with Emile Smith Rowe's first-half goal settling the London derby.

The visitors capitalised on a wayward back pass by Jorginho to goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who scrambled back to palm it off the line. The ball fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who cut it back for Smith Rowe to score in the 16th minute.

Chelsea, who play Leicester City in the FA Cup final on Saturday and Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29, dominated possession but largely failed to break down Arsenal's defensive lines.

The rare defeat under coach Thomas Tuchel - his third in his 26th game in all competitions - left Chelsea in the last of the Premier League's four Champions League qualifying spots with two games to play. They are six points clear of West Ham United who have three matches left and seven ahead of Liverpool with four.

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Published: May 13, 2021 11:31 AM


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