Gabriel Magalhães’ second-half strike ensured Arsenal returned to the Premier League (PL) summit and reaffirmed their title credentials with a superb 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The Gunners had the best of the first-half chances in a cagey opening 45 minutes, as Ben White dragged a shot wide from deep inside the box, while Gabriel Jesus saw his effort blocked by Thiago Silva after weaving inside the Chelsea defence.
Jesus had an even better opportunity to get Arsenal off the mark when being picked out by Gabriel Martinell, but his diving header went wide after being left unmarked inside the area.
It was a quiet half for former Gunners skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and he incurred the wrath of his old boss Mikel Arteta with a late challenge on White which earned him a deserved yellow card.
Saka responded with his own uncompromising challenge to earn himself a booking towards the end of the first half.
However, Arsenal broke the deadlock for a well-earned lead when Saka’s corner was allowed to go right across the face of goal which Gabriel was able to prod into the roof of the net.