Premier League: Lukaku, James fire Chelsea to London derby win over Arsenal
- Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Reece James helped Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0
- Arsenal lost their first 2 league games without scoring for the first time in history
- Chelsea are on top of the Premier League table with 6 points from 2 games
The defeat means Arsenal lost their first two league games of the season without scoring for the first time in their illustrous history.
The win was also Chelsea's fifth consecutive away from home in a London derby, the first time the club has achieved the feat since January 2006 under Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea exploited the gaps left by attack-minded Arsenal left back Kieran Tierney, with James providing one and scoring the other from the right flank to add to Arsenal's woes.
Lukaku, bought from Inter Milan for £97.5 million to be Chelsea's main goal scorer, marked his second debut at the club with a classic No. 9 goal, bulldozing his way into the penalty area to tap-in a cross from James.
The 21-year-old right back then scored just past the half-hour mark, after Mason Mount played him in behind the Arsenal defence, to double Chelsea's advantage and stun a full-house Emirates stadium.
Arsenal came back strongly in the second half, with the Gunner's best chance coming from a corner but centre-back Rob Holding fired his header wide. Star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang could have scored within minutes of his introduction, but his shot in the 63rd minute was straight at goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Lukaku had a chance to score his second of the game and Chelsea's third, as he was found in a great position in the box from a Mason Mount cross, but his bullet header was superbly saved by Arsenal stopped Bernd Leno.
The win takes Chelsea to the summit of the table, level on six points with Liverpool, Brighton and Spurs. Liverpool and Chelsea also have the same goal difference, scoring five times without reply in the two games so far.
Next up for Thomas Tuchel's men is a top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday, with Arsenal's prospects of getting a first win of the new season looking dim as they travel to the home of the champions Manchester City.