The Belgian striker became Chelsea’s club record £97.5million signing this summer and he demonstrated why with a ‘dominant’ display against a hapless Arsenal on Sunday
Romelu Lukaku did not score in 15 appearances for Chelsea in his first spell at the club but it took him less than 15 minutes to get off the mark second time around.
The Belgian striker opened the scoring for the Blues in a two-goal win at Arsenal on Sunday on his second debut for the club as he produced a formidable performance.
The club record £97.5million signing produced a display to justify his sizable transfer fee and gave an insight into what more was to come from him this campaign.
It was a result that continued Thomas Tuchel’s 100 percent winning start to the campaign as it piled more pressure on under-fire Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, whose side are without a point or a goal in two games.
It was Lukaku who opened the scoring at the Emirates with a close-range finish to end a move which he started by outmuscling Arsenal defender Pablo Mari.
When asked after the game to rate his first appearance back at Chelsea, he said: “Dominant, I would say. Dominant.
“Like I said I try to improve every time, I have a long way to go but today was good, it was good to win and to start well.”
And when asked if his second debut could have gone any better, he said: “I’m very happy with the way we played really well, we dominated, we could have scored more.
“Now we have to keep working, keep building, keep getting stronger because the Premier League is a very competitive league.
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“You want to work hard for the team, you want to win, you want to score, you want to create chances.
“Something that I’ve learned that I work on really hard and I keep working on it.”
It was another difficult day for Arsenal who rarely threatened to get back into the game after falling behind early in the first half.
Indeed, Tuchel’s side has chances to score more goals and the best opportunity fell to Lukaku – who was only denied due to a magnificent save from Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno.
The German international produced a wonderful finger-tip save to deny the striker at point-blank range in the second half as the Gunners managed to keep a degree of respectability from the score-line.
Lukaku added when asked if he could believe Leno had managed to deny him: “No, but there are good goalkeepers in this league.
“That was a great save. I think the cross from Mason was brilliant, the header was good. But the save was also really good.”
Next up for Lukaku is a crunch game against Liverpool next weekend.
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