Mikel Arteta’s aspect made it 11 wins from 13 league video games because of a close-range end from Brazilian defender Gabriel within the second half at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners are two factors away from second-placed Manchester Metropolis after the champions briefly took pole place with a win towards Fulham on Saturday.
With just one spherical of video games remaining earlier than the World Cup brings the Premier League to a halt, Arsenal have emerged as real contenders to finish Metropolis’s grip on the tite.
After beating Tottenham and Liverpool at house earlier this season, profitable in west London was one other important assertion from Arsenal as their surprising problem gathers tempo.
This was a fair sweeter victory than their different landmark successes this time period because it got here on the expense of former Arsenal star Aubameyang.
Aubameyang was nameless in his first assembly together with his outdated group since he was stripped of the captaincy and bought to Barcelona in January after Arteta misplaced endurance with the Gabon ahead’s repeated disciplinary points.
Exiling Aubameyang has proved an impressed transfer by Arteta as Arsenal look a much more unified and decided group with out the sulking striker.
Booed by the travelling Arsenal followers, Aubameyang was so underwhelming that it won’t be lengthy earlier than he turns into unwelcome at Chelsea as nicely.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter may also be feeling the warmth quickly after his aspect’s winless league run prolonged to 4 video games with a second successive top-flight defeat, prompting jeers from Blues followers at full-time.
Seventh-placed Chelsea lacked Arsenal’s urgency and now path the leaders by 13 factors, with even a high 4 end removed from sure.
Arsenal haven’t received the title since Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles in 2004, however no Gunners group has amassed extra factors at this stage within the Premier League period.
Dealing with the newest take a look at of their title credentials, Arteta’s males had been shortly into their stride, probing the Chelsea defence with authority and intent.
Ben White fired narrowly large from the sting of the realm after a flowing transfer minimize by way of the Blues rearguard.
Snapping tigerishly at Chelsea, Arsenal had been first to each 50-50 ball.
Gabriel Jesus robbed Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the Brazilian’s menacing run took him into the Chelsea space earlier than Thiago Silva snuffed out the hazard with a superbly-timed sliding sort out.
Aubameyang struggled to make any impression and misplaced his cool with a reckless lunging foul on White that earned a reserving from Michael Oliver.
Gabriel Martinelli was a relentless menace and his floated cross picked out the unmarked Jesus, whose face was an image of frustration after his diving header missed the goal from simply six yards.
Aubameyang’s reserving had raised the temperature in an more and more fractious encounter.
Bukayo Saka was accused of diving by Potter after failing to win a foul when he went to floor after a shoulder barge from Marc Cucurella.
Arteta joined a livid alternate between the 2 teaching staffs and Saka responded by scything down Cucurella moments later because the Arsenal star was booked.
Having managed simply 4 touches within the first half, Aubameyang lastly had a sight of purpose after William Saliba’s miskick however the Arsenal defender recovered to dam the shot.
Performed in by Saka’s deft move, Jesus compelled a superb save from Edouard Mendy and from the ensuing nook Arsenal took the lead within the 63rd minute.
Chelsea’s defending was woeful as Saka’s supply was missed by three Chelsea gamers earlier than Gabriel reacted quickest to poke house on the goal-line.
The sight of Aubameyang being substituted moments after Gabriel’s purpose solely added to the glee among the many Arsenal followers crammed into one nook of the Shed Finish as they begin to dream of title glory.