Lukaku’s goal in Chelsea’s 2nd start starts 2-0 win at Arsenal
LONDON (AP) – Social distancing in Arsenal’s defense was too inviting for Romelu Lukaku.
Just 15 minutes away from his second debut for Chelsea, Lukaku had the space to run and score the goal he had waited almost a decade to score.
It was an opener – in a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday – that illustrated the heist play, timing on the ball and the finishing touches the striker honed during his time away from Chelsea.
Worse for Arsenal, the second straight defeat at the start of the Premier League season came with the lifting of pandemic capacity restrictions at the Emirates Stadium for the first time in nearly 18 months.
There was a lot for the home fans they laughed at – and hoot they did – and so much to admire from visitors to West London who won so unexpectedly the Champions League last season.
Even more terrifying for Chelsea opponents is having Lukaku round off a previously devoid of focal point attack with a scoring touch.
This was seen quickly in North London.
Lukaku held back center-back Pablo Mari before handing the ball over to Mateo Kovacic. As the ball was thrown at James on the right flank, Lukaku made his way to the penalty area – easily brushing Mari aside – to find the pocket of space to receive the pass in the center and hit the box. former goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
With James shooting a goal for himself in the 35th minute after being coached by Mason Mount, Chelsea and Lukaku could claim a second straight victory.
Only Leno’s fingertip stop deprived Lukaku of a second of a powerful late header.
This is the threat that could help Chelsea clinch their first Premier League title since 2017.
Owner Roman Abramovich only needed to commit $ 135million for a striker who was dismissed from his post in 2014 after playing just 15 times in his three seasons at Chelsea, including two on loan, without ever scoring for the West London club.
At 28, Lukaku is more of a complete player than he was last seen in the Premier League at Manchester United with a two-year stoppage, elevating his game to lead Inter Milan to the Serie A title. last season.
The Belgian is now the most expensive combined transfer player in the game’s history at almost $ 400million, based on fees paid by Everton, Manchester United, Inter Milan and now twice by Chelsea.
Arsenal, however, can hardly complain about having to face such an expensive player. Mikel Arteta just got a $ 175 million investment in summer signings – more than any other team in Europe.
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