Romelu Lukaku scored his first-ever Chelsea goal – almost a decade after his debut – as Thomas Tuchel’s team beat Arsenal 2-0 in a Premier League fixture on Sunday.
Lukaku, who was at Chelsea as a teenager, started at the Emirates after his £97.5m signing from Inter Milan and looks to have given the Blues an ominous new dimension.
Lukaku was involved in the build-up and then finished the move from close range into an empty net from Reece James’ pass.
James got the second himself as he slammed the ball into the roof of the net from Mason Mount’s pass to make it two wins from two in the league.
Lukaku almost made it 3-0 but his header was tipped onto the bar by Bernd Leno.
European champions Chelsea have made a flawless start to their title challenge, winning successive games without conceding a goal.
Lukaku’s goal helped Chelsea top the Premier League table as Arsenal enter relegation zone.
Arsenal, missing centre-back Ben White through Covid, have now lost more London derbies in the Premier League this season than last – after just two games.
It is only the third time Arsenal have lost their opening two Premier League matches in a season.
Lacklustre Arsenal were booed off at half-time and Mikel Arteta’s team are pointless and goalless after following their limp loss at Brentford with a second defeat.
Arsenal had never opened a league campaign with two defeats and no goals in their previous 117 seasons of existence – until now.
The Gunners lost 2-0 to Brentford in the season opener.
August 1992 was the first month of the Premier League. That was the last time before now Arsenal were in the relegation zone at the end of a day with more than one game played.
Additional reporting from AFP and BBC