Chelsea continued with their perfect pre-season record after beating Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates in the Mind Series match.
Goals from Kai Havertz and Tammy Abraham gave the Blues the win, with Granit Xhaka scoring the consolation for the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta's charges started brightly, but it was the Blues who found better rhythm after settling into the game.
It did not take long for the European champions to find the opener, and it came after a quick break in the 26th minute.
A ball was cleared into the path of Timo Werner, who sped off and found Kai Havertz at the far end and the German finished with his weaker foot.
Kai Havertz’s goal! (1-0)— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) August 1, 2021
He. Is. Back. Werner assist. 👏🔵 pic.twitter.com/Qfka6eNeMz
The Gunners were forced into a first-half change though when Thomas Partey went down following a challenge from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
The Ghanaian tried to continue after receiving treatment but called for replacement with five minutes to the first half break.
Thomas is forced to leave the pitch following an earlier challenge...— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2021
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The Blues had chances to extend their lead, but failed to convert, allowing the Gunners to equalise.
Nicolas Pepe's pinpoint corner was met by Granit Xhaka, who nodded it in from six yards out for 1-1.
Granit Xhaka equalises for Arsenal. 1-1 now. pic.twitter.com/DxSvNGOgIF— TheAFCnewsroom (@TheAFCnewsroom) August 1, 2021
The lead however lasted just three minutes as a loose ball allowed Tammy Abraham to find the back of the net for 2-1.
New signing Ben White impressed on his first outing with the Gunners and made a last-minute tackle to deny Hakim Ziyech a clear goal.
The two sides will this coming week each face Tottenham in the last matches of the Mind Series.