Alonso strikes as Chelsea see off Arsenal comeback

18 Aug 2018
Chelsea v Arsenal

Spaniard scores winner as Blues win 3-2 at Stamford Bridge after Gunners had fought back from 2-0 down

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Marcos Alonso scored the decisive goal as Chelsea held off an Arsenal comeback to win 3-2 in a thriller at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro gave Chelsea the lead after just nine minutes, converting Alonso's cross.

Less than a minute after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had missed a great chance to equalise, Alvaro Morata doubled Chelsea's lead from Cesar Azpilicueta's ball over the top.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who had also missed a fine opportunity, pulled one back on 37 minutes and then crossed for Alex Iwobi to make it 2-2.

Both sides had chances after the restart to win it, but Eden Hazard, a second-half substitute, crossed from the left for Alonso to stroke in the winner with just nine minutes remaining.

See: Chelsea report | Arsenal report

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Chelsea: 26 Aug v Newcastle (A)
Arsenal: 25 Aug v West Ham (H)

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