Chelsea tops Arsenal in EPL thriller, Kane ends August curse

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"We need to continue working for what we want, our process, today we had two midfielders one 19 and one 21 years old, we need to give them the confidence to play, but our way, our process, is to improve and give these chances to to the young players".

Strip it all back - the new managers, new systems and the respective ownership issues at Chelsea and Arsenal - and this season is about one thing and one thing only for both clubs - getting back into the UEFA Champions League.

"Overall we were much better and deserved the three points, but we still need to improve".

A late Marcos Alonso strike ensured Chelsea made hard work of their first Premier League home game under Maurizio Sarri, but after giving up an early lead, the Blues eventually took all three points through the trusty left foot of their newly converted wing-back.

"It is better to be on the pitch than on the bench, but the boys when they are playing did well, so if I'm on the pitch for 15 or 20 minutes, I do my best", he told BT Sport.

Arsenal missed a string of great chances - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shot over from close range with the goal at his mercy - but was level at halftime after goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi in a five-minute span.

"The defensive phase is about the team".

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After featuring off the bench in the season-opening 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town, Hazard is expected to be considered for a start in Saturday's visit from Arsenal.

But they had him craving one of his trademark cigarettes during a "horrible" 15 minutes when the Gunners forced their way back into a frenetic Premier League London derby.

"Everybody knows what I have said after the World Cup", said Hazard. "The 2-2 (at half-time) is soft for us because we had more chances to score".

"We were on a high", Iwobi added.

Pedro swept home with a cool finish in the ninth minute after woeful Arsenal defending and Alvaro Morata crashed in the second 11 minutes later.

Maurizio Sarri admitted that Chelsea are not yet at the level of Premier League title challengers despite beating Arsenal 3-2 at Stamford Bridge to continue their flawless start to the new season.

"It would be a bit unusual for [Chelsea] to let me go and not recruit another player. I hope we will be able to play for 90 minutes in two months". My feeling is we can be a very good team. A lot has been said, but at the moment I'm happy.

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