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Arsenal defensive mistakes see Chelsea claim friendly bragging rights


The two sides could have scored more, though, as Arsenal hit the woodwork twice and Chelsea struck the post as well.

The second of Arsenal’s efforts that hit the woodwork came from Joe Willock late on and replays suggested his strike, that hit the crossbar, crossed the line.

The goal was not given, though, and Chelsea held on to claim the win, while Arsenal’s afternoon was made worse by Thomas Partey going off injured.

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Both teams named strong sides for this opening of the Mind Series, with Arsenal also including new signing Ben White on the bench.

Chelsea boasted a strong bench too as N’Golo Kante was among their substitutes after returning from his holiday post Euro 2020.

Arsenal started the game brightly and they were getting joy down the left as Kieran Tierney and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang linked up well.

It was Chelsea, however, who took the lead in the 26th minute as they hit Arsenal on the counter. Timo Werner was able to burst through and, with only Pablo Mari back defending, he played in Havertz to score.

Arsenal tried to hit back after that and they almost equalised, but Emile Smith Rowe’s shot from outside the box hit the post.


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