Goals from Pedro and Morata looked to set the Blues to a trademark Sarri victory before Arsenal brought the game back with crucial goals from Mkhitaryan and Iwobi. However, an 81st-minute winner from Alonso set the stage for Chelsea’s first home win.
The game was a simple showcase of how life under Maurizio Sarri would be, with Chelsea’s defensive chinks being openly taken advantage of by the Gunners, and several players having to play in a different role than they are used to.
One such talent was N’Golo Kante, who has been assigned a more advanced role, and is learning to settle well within a system that focuses on putting the pressure on the front foot and getting goals. However, when the Frenchman ran into an Arsenal fan, he was far from offensive.
Twitter user @afcSharky ran into the 27-year-old in a Westfield shopping center and tweeted the following about the encounter: “Just met this man. Told him I was an arsenal fan and I was upset about the game this weekend but he smiled at me and said “sorry”. What a guy 😭”.
A nice gesture of class from Kante, and one that is in line with what has made him a fan-favorite from Leicester to London.
Such a move is particularly nice considering how not all fans nor players are chirpy towards members of their rival clubs, and this meeting is best described as civil in comparison.
With the season still young, Sarri and company will certainly be fancying their chances at the title, and how the likes of Kante gel into the new set-up will be crucial to their hopes for silverware.