Lukaku Helps Chelsea Power Past Arsenal

Club-record signing Romelu Lukaku scored and put in a dominant display on his second Chelsea debut as they beat Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates on Super Sunday.

Nearly 10 years after his first debut, £97.5m summer signing Lukaku registered his first goal for the club, tapping home at close range from Reece James’ ball across the face of goal (15) after the Belgian’s superb hold-up play had triggered the move.

James doubled Chelsea’s lead with a clinical finish from the right side of the box with Arsenal too engrossed in Lukaku again (35), before the hosts had a strong penalty call denied by both Paul Tierney and VAR as Bukayo Saka went down under James’ challenge.

Lukaku was denied a second by Bernd Leno’s brilliant reflex save onto the crossbar from a header late on – Sky Sports’ Gary Neville described his performance as “the complete centre-forward display” – and while Arsenal showed brief glimpses, Chelsea’s victory was overall comfortable and classy.

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