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ARSENAL beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge to ensure they kept in the Premier League top four race – and next up is Manchester United at the Emirates.

The Gunners will finish their season going head to head with rivals Tottenham for the final spot, and even dragged Chelsea back into the race with their decisive victory.

Mikel Arteta said: "It was a great night and the players deserve it. It has been a tough two weeks but you have to bounce back and show spirit.

"We have been criticised and rightly so, with the expectations we have. But me it is worth taking that for these players.”

Stay up to date with all the latest from the Emirates in our live blog…

  • Gary Stonehouse

    Good morning Arsenal fans

    Stamford Bridge has been renamed ‘Emile Smith-Rowe’s playground’ after the Gunners star’s contribution for Arsenal against Chelsea.

    Smith-Rowe got himself on the score-sheet in Arsenal’s 4-2 win over the Blues on their home turf.

    And the Gooners gave the midfielder ownership over the West London ground on Twitter.

    Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta has admitted that he was nervous for Bukayo Saka after he took Arsenal’s winning penalty against Chelsea.

    Saka missed a penalty kick for England in the Euro 2020 finals against Italy.

    And Arteta was a bit apprehensive when Saka stepped up to take the penalty at Stamford Bridge.

    And Gunners star Eddie Nkietah has revealed how happy he was to score a brace against former club Chelsea.

    He said: “I think scoring it here makes it that little bit more special.

    “You always have that chip on your shoulder to come here and to try and prove yourself. But today, I scored two goals.

    “It’s not about me, it’s about the team and bouncing back and getting the three points.”

    Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal fans to get behind the club when Man United come to The Emirates.

    The Gunners made light work of Chelsea on Wednesday night and Arteta wants more of the same against the Red Devils.

    He said: “I’m now thinking about Manchester United.

    “This one is done now, we have already enjoyed it in the dressing room. Now it is about recovery, preparing mentally.

    “We don’t have any time to prepare for the match, so we are going to have to need our people to turn up and make the Emirates a real place against Manchester United.”

    Finally, Gabby Agbonlahor has urged Alexandre Lacazette to apologise to Arsenal for claiming he is in talks to join other clubs.

    Agbonlahor said: “If he wants to play Champions League football the only team he’ll be playing it at is Partizan Belgrade or Panathinaikos.

    “He won’t be playing it at a big club because he can’t hit a barn door.

    “The audacity to say that he wants to play Champions League football when he’s putting in performances that are lacklustre is an insult to Arsenal, to be honest.

    “I think he should apologise.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Saka's still owes homework

    Bukayo Saka's former schoolteacher claims the Arsenal star still owes an old piece of homework.

    While describing how the striker was at school, his old teacher said: "He was just a normal teenage boy. Smiling and joking with his friends. Very respectful, very well brought up.

    "I do think he still owes me some English homework. So if he gets those done and sends it through I'll mark it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Wright praises Saka

    Ian Wright has praised Bukayo Saka after he scored Arsenal's winning penalty against Chelsea.

    Wright said: “Fantastic penalty. When you talk about what he has been through, with penalties and how to take them.

    “With all the melee and what was going on before it. He has shown great composure and he has stuck it away. And that is a magnificent result for us.

    “I was really happy for him because he was under a lot of pressure for that penalty and he took it brilliantly.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Lacazette urged to apologise

    Gabby Agbonlahor has urged Alexandre Lacazette to apologise to Arsenal for claiming he is in talks to join other clubs.

    Agbonlahor said: "If he wants to play Champions League football the only team he’ll be playing it at is Partizan Belgrade or Panathinaikos.

    "He won’t be playing it at a big club because he can’t hit a barn door.

    "The audacity to say that he wants to play Champions League football when he’s putting in performances that are lacklustre is an insult to Arsenal, to be honest.

    "I think he should apologise.

    "Maybe he would be playing Champions League football for Arsenal if he could score a goal."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Wright on Xhaka

    Ian Wright was impressed by Granit Xhaka's performance against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

    He even compared the midfielder's stellar display to his impressive form for Switzerland at Euro 2020.

    Wright raved: "Come on, Granit Xhaka. That was Euro’s Granit Xhaka we saw there. Man was energised.

    “He was very, very, very good yesterday. If Xhaka is putting those performances in on a regular basis, we are doing a lot better than we’re doing because that was inspirational captain leading from the front kind of stuff, that was.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta's 'unfair' admission

    Mikel Arteta has admitted he's been unfair with Eddie Nkietah after the striker netted a brace for Arsenal against Chelsea.

    He said: "If there is one player that I have been unfair with, I think it is him.

    "He has given me every right to do something different. So if Eddie hasn’t played more, it’s my fault.

    "And because as a manager I have missed something or I haven’t had the courage to play him more.

    "And today he showed me again how wrong I was."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ian Wright slammed Azpilicueta

    Cesar Azpilicueta has been slammed by Ian Wright for conceding a penalty for Chelsea against Arsenal.

    Wright said: “Look at Azpilicueta there, experienced player, one player in the box and he’s given away a penalty like that.

    “It deserved to be a penalty. He’s saying he’s holding him but he should be defending that.

    “He should be the defensive side but he’s not even looking at the ball. What does he expect the referee to do?”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Varane back for United

    Arsenal may have to contend with Raphael Varane in Man United's defence this weekend.

    Varane has missed United's last three games due to injury.

    But the Frenchman is reportedly back in training ahead of the Prem clash, according to Manchester Evening News.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Art of war

    Mikel Arteta has urged Arsenal fans to get behind the club when Man United come to The Emirates.

    The Gunners made light work of Chelsea on Wednesday night and Arteta wants more of the same against the Red Devils.

    He said: "I’m now thinking about Manchester United.

    "This one is done now, we have already enjoyed it in the dressing room. Now it is about recovery, preparing mentally.

    “We don’t have any time to prepare for the match, so we are going to have to need our people to turn up and make the Emirates a real place against Manchester United.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Nkietah's Chelsea joy

    Eddie Nkietah has revealed how happy he was to score a brace against former club Chelsea.

    He said: "I think scoring it here makes it that little bit more special.

    "You always have that chip on your shoulder to come here and to try and prove yourself. But today, I scored two goals.

    "It’s not about me, it’s about the team and bouncing back and getting the three points."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal's Morata issue

    Arsenal have hit a stumbling block in their pursuit of Alvaro Morata.

    The Atletico Madrid striker had a rough spell with Chelsea.

    And according to Mundo Deportivo, his nightmare at Stamford Bridge is making him reluctant towards a Premier League return – albeit with Arsenal.

    But the Gunners are still in with a shout of signing the striker as Atleti would prefer selling him to the North Londoners.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gabriel's hairline debate

    Fans are convinced Arsenal star Gabriel Magalhaes has had a hair transplant after spotting the defender's amazing new look.

    The 24-year-old showed off an incredibly sharp hairstyle during Wednesday night's end-to-end 4-2 win against Chelsea.

    But some Gunners fans were left more impressed by Gabriel's incredible hair transformation than the actual result.

    The Brazilian defender wowed onlookers with a smart short back and sides trim at Stamford Bridge.

    Compare that to pictures of Gabriel from earlier this month, and the Arsenal man is almost unrecognisable.

    Training snaps taken at the Gunners' London Colney base show Gabriel with a visibly receding hairline.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arteta was nervous about Saka

    Mikel Arteta has admitted that he was nervous for Bukayo Saka after he took Arsenal's winning penalty against Chelsea.

    Saka missed a penalty kick for England in the Euro 2020 finals against Italy.

    And Arteta was a bit apprehensive when Saka stepped up to take the penalty at Stamford Bridge.

    He said: "When I saw that Bukayo took it, honestly, my first thing that I thought was back in the summer and what happened.

    “But again, I said to you guys, when that happened to Bukayo, that happened for a reason and he learned so much and he matured so much, that’s why he’s having the season that he’s had.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Smith-Rowe's playground

    Stamford Bridge has been renamed 'Emile Smith-Rowe's playground' after the Gunners star's contribution for Arsenal against Chelsea.

    Smith-Rowe got himself on the score-sheet in Arsenal's 4-2 win over the Blues on their home turf.

    And the Gooners gave the midfielder ownership over the West London ground on Twitter.

    One fan wrote to Smith-Rowe: "Stamford Bridge is your playground.

    While another concurred: "Stamford Bridge is Smith Rowe’s playground."

  • Alex Cole

    Gunners 5th biggest spenders in Europe

    JOSHUA MBU reveals that Arsenal have been Europe's FIFTH biggest spenders since the 2012/13 season.

    The Gunners have spent a whopping £486m.

    They have won the FA Cup four times since but have failed to win the Premier League in that time.

  • Alex Cole

    Xhaka asks for 'same character' for the rest of the season

    The resounding win was a shock given Arsenal had lost three on the spin and looked like fading away in another dismal season that would heap more pressure on boss Mikel Arteta.

    They have six games left and face a tough end to a busy week by hosting top-four rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

    “The last three games were very disappointing for us, with zero points after three games.

    "It is not what we wanted, but what we wanted was to show a reaction and I think, over 90 minutes, we deserved to win the game.

    “We are there now again.

    "We have six final games and the next one is Manchester United on Saturday.

    "We have to show the same character, the same spirit.

    "We want to take the three points, we want to keep it going at home. And after next week, I think, will be quieter for us.”

    We have to show the same character, the same spirit.

    Granit Xhaka

  • Alex Cole

    Xhaka hails Arsenal for Blues win

    Granit Xhaka reckons Arsenal’s surprise pummeling of Chelsea was ‘tactically amazing’, writes ANDREW DILLON.

    The Swiss midfielder also called on his team-mates to show the same spirit from now until the end of the season to seal a top four spot.

    Arsenal’s 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge drew them level with fierce rivals Tottenham in the race for Champions League football next season.

    Xhaka said: “It was a great team performance, tactically amazing, and it was a big three points for us.

    “We knew what we had to do if they were playing a different formation. They changed their formation two or three times as well, so we had to adapt and we trained all week on this. 

    “We were prepared very well, you saw that on the pitch. Of course, it doesn’t mean you are good and organised every time, but the guys were working very hard without the ball. 

    “When we had the ball we were good and created good chances to score maybe one or two more, but in the end we took the three points like this.

    "It was a big game for us, for the fans, for the club, a derby. To win like this, we are very happy."

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal fan ‘Agent Hamilton’ in potential Chelsea takeover

    Arsenal supporters have produced a mixed reaction following the news F1 legend Sir Lewis Hamilton is investing in Chelsea, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The Brit and US tennis star Serena Williams have joined a bid to buy the Blues – even though the Formula One star is Gooner.

    The two sporting greats are each investing around £10million into the bid spearheaded by Sir Martin Broughton.

    Broughton’s group are one of three parties left in the running to buy Chelsea from sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

    Seven-time Formula One champion Hamilton – who is an ARSENAL fan – has pledged £10m towards the bid.

    Following the shock news, supporters of the Gunners quickly took to Twitter to react to the news.

    And there were some hilarious comments as they digested the information.

    One fan wrote: “Agent Hamilton, destroying Chelsea from within.”

    Another wrote: “Arsenal fan Lewis Hamilton wants to buy Chelsea. Cheat mode activated.”

    While another said: “Arsenal fan Sir Lewis Hamilton buying Chelsea in order to make sure they never compete for major honours again.”

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal ratings – subs

    GABRIEL MARTINELLI – 7/10

    Gave Arsenal exactly what they needed as the game became even more stretched in the latter stages.

    Provided the Gunners with the pace to hurt Arsenal and could have scored if he had been a yard closer to Mendy when the ball rolled across the box.

    CEDRIC SOARES – 6/10

    Did his job solidly enough when he came on. Shored things up when Arsenal needed a bit of extra steel.

    ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE – N/A

    Came on for Saka in stoppage-time after his strike replacement Nketiah had netted twice to put his place in the side under threat.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal ratings – attack

    BUKAYO SAKA – 9/10

    Tormented Marcos Alonso whenever he faced him up one-on-one – his pace, skill and trickery simply too much for the Spanish defender.

    Had him on toast all evening and then got his reward with the penalty at the end.

    EMILE SMITH ROWE – 8/10

    Took his goal absolutely superbly after a quiet opening 25 minutes.

    Then could have netted a breathtaking equaliser after some dazzling footwork, only to curl his effort narrowly wide.

    EDDIE NKETIAH – 9/10

    Leading the line instead of Lacazette, the 22-year-old striker gave Arsenal what the Frenchman so often lacks – goals.

    He took his golden opportunity in the first half with an impressive amount of composure and – with a bit of luck – may have had a couple more before the break.

    Also linked the play as well as Lacazette does, before nicking Arsenal's third of the evening as he pounced in Chelsea's hapless defending.

    Scored as many Premier League goals from open play this evening as Lacazette has managed all season – two.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal ratings – midfield

    GRANIT XHAKA – 7/10

    Had the misfortune of deflecting Werner's shot beyond his own keeper to get Chelsea back into the match.

    Put in a lot of leg work to try and keep up with N'Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the floating Mount.

    Didn't catch the eye but actually had quite an effective game in the middle.

    MOHAMED ELNENY – 6/10

    Started only his second Premier League game of the season in a surprising addition to the Arsenal line-up.

    Did not stick out as someone who was as rusty as he could have been.

    MARTIN ODEGAARD – 8/10

    Had a running battle with Kante man marking him all evening but was still able to pull the strings wonderfully.

    One of Arteta's most important players for the way he is trying to play. Able to carry the ball and link with the attack and then has an elite level of creativity when around the box.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal ratings – defence

    BEN WHITE – 5/10

    Appeared to be part of a back three early on but that quickly shifted to a four as White moved to right-back.

    Did not look comfortable with the movement of Werner at any point. Was being coached by Arteta throughout the entirety of the first half as he looked thoroughly uncomfortable with the task he had been told to perform.

    GABRIEL – 6/10

    Was sometimes guilty of being bullied by Romelu Lukaku although he did also give it back to the Belgian.

    However, he was constantly barking orders at Holding and Tavares either side of him so may well be the leader Arteta needs back there.

    ROB HOLDING – 6/10

    Looked a yard or two off the pace when Werner, Lukaku and Mason Mount were buzzing around him.

    Seemed to struggle coping with the ferocious nature of the match and the speed at which Chelsea poured forward, but still probably looked a little more composed than Gabriel alongside him.

    NUNO TAVARES – 6/10

    Offered Arsenal the width they required and linked up nicely with Smith Rowe and Nketiah when the striker drifted wide to overload the left.

    Allowed Azpilicueta to get in front of him too easily for Chelsea's second goal.

  • Alex Cole

    Arsenal ratings from last night's massive win

    Eddie Nketiah fired Arsenal to a HUGE 4-2 victory over Arsenal as they injected much-needed life into their top four challenge.

    Youngsters Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah and Emile Smith Rowe impressed but Ben White struggled to cope on the right side of the Gunners' defence on a difficult night for the England international.

    Here is how SunSport's DYLAN TERRY saw the Arsenal team perform.

    AARON RAMSDALE – 6/10

    Perhaps should have done better with Timo Werner's effort despite the wicked deflection but couldn't do anything about Cesar Azpilicueta's smart finish.

    His distribution when playing out from the back remains one of the best in the league.

  • Alex Cole

    Cheeky Ramsdale during win

    Fan favourite Aaron Ramsdale cheekily waved at fuming Chelsea fans after Bukayo Saka sealed the win from the penalty spot.

    The Gunners turned in a top draw performance at Stamford Bridge, running out 4-2 winners on Wednesday night, writes JOSHUA MBU.

    A brace by Eddie Nketiah, as well as goals by Emile Smith Rowe and Saka sealed the historic win.

    As Saka put the final nail in Chelsea's coffin, Ramsdale was keeping himself entertained up the other end of the pitch.

    The England international took the opportunity to wave at fuming Chelsea fans.

    It is possible that Ramsdale may have been getting some stick from behind the goal and that was his chance to get his own back.

    One fan said on Twitter: "Love it. Ramsdale making them twitch."

    Another said: "Love this savage side of Ramsdale."

  • Alex Cole

    North London race for the Champions League

    How do we feel Gunners fans?

    A straight shootout with the neighbours for fourth place.

    57 points each. Six games to go.

    Lamenting points lost against Palace, Brighton and Southampton?

    Or buzzing over last night's epic win over Chelsea?

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