MAURIZIO SARRI couldn’t give up smoking even if he tried now he is manager of Chelsea.
Sixty-a-day might not even be enough to calm the Italian’s nerves after watching his side blow a two goal lead in four minutes and look on as Arsenal wasted enough chances to be four up at half time.
Reuters Marcos Alonso slots away the winner for Chelsea
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And just to make it even more nerve-wracking for Sarri, it took until ten minutes from the end for Chelsea to regain the lead and snatch victory.
It can’t have been a comfortable experience for both managers. Unai Emery could also have been forgiven had he borrowed a fag himself to stop the shakes in a pulsating London derby.
Sarri was put through the mill in his first Premier League home game as new head coach.
Pedro and Alvaro Morata swept his team into a 2-0 lead with classy goals that appeared to put the game to bed inside the first 20 minutes.
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Reuters Pedro put Chelsea in front early on
AFP or licensors Alvaro Morata repaid his manager’s faith by making it 2-0
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The first saw Spaniard Pedro finish off a three-man move which began with Jorginho’s superb through ball to Marcos Alonso in the 10th minute.
Morata then latched onto a through pass from Cesar Azpilicueta and rounded Shkodran Mustafi before slotting home a tidy finish.
That came just a moment after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a glorious chance to equalise, putting the ball over the bar when unmarked just eight yards out while unmarked.
Reuters Maurizio Sarri barks orders to his Chelsea charges during the win over Arsenal