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Gunners Dominate: Havertz and White Lead Arsenal to Spectacular 5-0 Win Over Chelsea

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Arsenal delivered a stunning performance against Chelsea, with Kai Havertz and Ben White both netting twice, propelling the Gunners to a resounding 5-0 victory. 

This win catapults Arsenal ahead in the Premier League title race, putting pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City.

Leandro Trossard also found the back of the net for Arsenal, who now sit three points clear of Liverpool and four ahead of Manchester City.

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While City hold the fate of the title with two games in hand, Liverpool, who have played one less match than Arsenal, face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday.

Mikel Arteta’s side now boasts an unassailable goal difference advantage, potentially crucial in the title chase.

Chelsea suffered a significant setback prior to the match as Cole Palmer, a key player for the Blues, was sidelined due to illness. Palmer’s absence was keenly felt, as he has been directly involved in nearly half of Chelsea’s Premier League goals this season.

Despite enduring a lackluster debut season under Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea had been on an unbeaten streak of eight league games before their FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City on Saturday.

However, they were outclassed by a determined Arsenal side eager to assert their title aspirations following a recent home defeat to Aston Villa.

Arsenal wasted no time, taking the lead within five minutes of kickoff.

Leandro Trossard, who ended up at the Emirates after Chelsea outbid Arsenal for Mykhailo Mudryk in January 2023, showcased his worth with his 15th goal of the season, beating Djordje Petrovic at the near post.

Chelsea narrowly avoided a red card early on when Nicolas Jackson’s reckless challenge on Takehiro Tomiyasu went unpunished.

Petrovic made amends for his earlier mistake with two outstanding saves to deny Kai Havertz and Trossard before halftime.

Chelsea had opportunities to level the score before the break, but Jackson squandered a clear chance with a headed effort.

Despite Petrovic’s efforts, Arsenal extended their lead when Ben White capitalized on Chelsea’s defensive lapse from a corner.

Havertz, who has found new form under Arteta after a lackluster spell at Chelsea, showcased his quality with two superb finishes, courtesy of assists from Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka.

Chelsea’s woes continued as Jackson missed another golden opportunity, summing up their frustrating night.

Fortune favored Arsenal as White’s intended cross found the top corner, leaving Chelsea reeling.

The defeat leaves Chelsea in ninth place, trailing the European spots by three points.

Arsenal face a tough test against Tottenham in the upcoming north London derby, where a victory could heap pressure on Manchester City in the title race.

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