Chelsea beat Arsenal as Lukaku shines

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Romelu Lukaku marked his Chelsea return with his first Premier League goal for the Blues, beating Arsenal 2-0 on Sunday to compound the Gunners’ miserable start to the season.

The Belgian has returned to Stamford Bridge for a club-record £97 million ($132 million) as the missing piece of a proven goalscorer to turn the Champions League winners into English champions.

Thomas Tuchel’s men have made a formidable start towards that aim with six points, five goals scored and none conceded from their opening two games of the Premier League season.

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Arsenal, by contrast, have yet to register a point or score a goal as the gulf between Mikel Arteta’s men and the title contenders was exposed.

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Circumstances have also gone against Arteta as he lost £50 million signing Ben White before the game to the fifth positive case for coronavirus among his squad in the past 10 days.

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A difficult start could get even worse with a trip to defending champions Manchester City next weekend before an international break.

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Arsenal’s latest signings Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale were not registered in time to feature.

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Those arrivals took the Gunners spending in the transfer window above any other Premier League club despite a fifth season without Champions League football.

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But whereas Chelsea needed to fill just one position to complete a squad already stacked with quality, Arsenal appear to be starting from scratch.

 

 

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