Chelsea and Arsenal got themselves positive results on their opening fixtures of this season’s Europa League competition, giving them a good start into the long group stage battles.
Playing away from home, The Blues immediately got themselves into attacking mode and was rewarded very early when Willian puts them in front after just seven minutes of play.
That goal pumped Chelsea’s spirit as they kept on pouring forward in search for more goals, but unfortunately none of their opportunities turned into goals, notably the ones coming from Alvaro Morata.
Only taking a one goal lead in the first 45 minutes, Maurizio Sarri’s men kept on pushing to snatch that important next goal, while their opponent, PAOK holding out well while trying to work out several counter attacking moves.
Struggling to double their advantage until the final 10 minutes, Chelsea starting to feel some pressure as the home team pushing hard without giving too much thoughts during those final minutes.
In the end, no more goals were scored by either teams during those remaining minutes as that 1-0 win was more than enough for Sarri’s boys to take home.
As for Arsenal, they picked up a more convincing result as they defeated Vorskla 4-2 at Emirates stadium.
The Gunners took quite a while before finally breaking the dead lock with Pierre Aubameyang scoring on 32 minutes.
Things got much comfortable for Arsenal after the break as they added a second goal soon after the restart from Danny Welbeck’s effort.
Aubameyang completed his brace to give his side a 3-0 lead, but Vorskla made things slightly interesting as they pulled one back from Blair Alston’s strike on 76 minutes.
Mesut Ozil finally secured all three points as he netted home Gunners fourth on 74 minutes, though the visitor did get themselves another consolation deep in stoppage time via Vyacheslav Sharpar.