It was no great surprise that Arsenal supporters on social media sung the praises of Romelu Lukaku following his Chelsea homecoming on Sunday.
Lukaku reintroduced himself to the Premier League with a knockout blow at the Emirates yesterday, using Mikel Arteta’s defenders as punching bags.
His personal contest against Pablo Mari was like a junior featherweight trying to go three rounds with Antonio Joshua.
The Belgian’s killer strike arrived after just 15 minutes in absolute textbook fashion.
He held the ball up with his back to goal, laid it off and spun towards the Gunners’ net.
Throughout this move, Mari attempted desperately to hold his opponent off.
A mission he failed miserably when Lukaku simply sent him sprawling to the turf as he sprinted into the six-yard box and scored his first for Chelsea.
This scene was almost on repeat all afternoon; Lukaku’s rampage and Mari’s misery.
Arsenal fans had to acknowledge how much control the Blues’ centre-forward had over his marker and the match in general.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
fair play to chelsea you’ve got an absolutely quality striker in lukaku— SamKashAFC (@SamKashafc) August 22, 2021
Done and dusted
Whilst Lukaku rightly lapped up the limelight, the rest of Thomas Tuchel’s squad deserves great credit for their domination of the contest.
After Reece James doubled Chelsea’s lead in the first half, the end result never really seemed in doubt.
Although Arsenal persisted in going forward and tried to salvage something, their London rivals rarely let anything slip defensively.
2-0 was probably kind to the home-side, which would have been more had Bernd Leno not made a superb point-blank save from a Lukaku header.
But it was certainly a fair reflection of the disparities between the two capital city clubs.