Six points from six is the ideal start to life in English football and the Blues will be confident of extending their run of form in next week’s trip to Newcastle.
Alonso’s late goal sees Chelsea edge a thrilling London derby, handing Sarri two wins from two and condemning Emery’s Arsenal to remain pointless in the Premier League.
Both sides showed promise throughout the game but the hosts were deserved winners in the end.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Barkley (Kovacic 60), Willian (Hazard 61), Morata (Giroud 74), Pedro.
Subs not used: Caballero, Moses, Zappacosta, Christensen.
Goals: Pedro 9, Morata 20, Alonso 80
Manager: Maurizio Sarri
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Papastathopoulos, Mustafi, Monreal, Guendouzi, Xhaka (Torreira 46), Mkhitaryan, Ozil (Ramsey 67), Iwobi (Lacazette 74), Aubameyang.
Subs not used: Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Leno, Welbeck.
Goals: Mkhitaryan 37, Iwobi 41
Bookings: Xhaka, Mustafi
Manager: Unai Emery
Referee: Martin Atkinson
On the debit side: Mesut Ozil, substituted on 68 minutes, already looks to be the major conundrum that needs a fix in this system; the insistence on playing out from the back will cost more points than it gains for some time yet; and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s finishing was painfully askew. Yet, they never once stepped back from the fray. They pressed high, played out and creatively looked a major threat.
For Chelsea, Jorginho again, at times, lookes imperious and N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley both impressed. But the emperor was waiting on the bench, arrived on the hour and set up the winning goal. Eden Hazard simply stood, raised his arms and grinned at The Shed End after providing the assist for Marcos Alonso’s 81st minute winner. The main celebrations were elsewhere. But the centre of attention and of everything good Chelsea will do this season was the little No.10.
You feared it would lack the heavyweight lustre of battles of old without an Arsene Wenger or a Jose Mourinho on the bench. Maybe. But it more than made up for that in terms of its attacking abandon in the first half.