Chelsea leave nervous Sarri craving a smoke

Chelsea leave nervous Sarri craving a smoke

Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi was on target Saturday even as Arsenal lost 3-2 to Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge.

Sarri admitted his side suffered a "horrible" 15 minutes which could have cost them dear.

Italy midfielder Jorginho, who Sarri brought with him from Napoli, was commanding in the heart of midfield and Ross Barkley, who barely featured under previous Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, looked strong and confident.

"Three points is an important target for us, we did very well for 75 minutes but inside that, 15 minutes were terrible".

"We were on a high [at half time]". Otherwise, for us, it may be a problem. For the first 20 minutes we were not playing as well as we wanted to be.

Sarri admitted his side's defensive display as they surrendered a 2-0 lead was "horrible", as the Italian offered up this honest assessment of a insane game.

Incredibly, Iwobi missed another great chance for Arsenal in first-half injury time when he fired over after being teed up by Mkhitaryan's pull-back from the right.

Iwobi was replaced in the 74th minute by Alexandre Lacazette while Oliver Giroud came on for Alvaro Morata with 15 minutes left to play. "I think today is for not happy with the result, but the next matches to prepare well".

He played down talk of Chelsea contesting the title, despite winning their first two games of the season, saying his side needed to learn to keep up their tempo.

Hazard started the game against Arsenal from the subs bench following his exertions at this summers World Cup but made an instant impact following his 61st-minute introduction. In the end it hard to find the goal to win the game. We have players who can do something magic. I can't say a wrong thing about that.