Kieran Tierney hopeful victory over Chelsea a turning point for Arsenal

Arsenal surprised their London rivals Chelsea with a great victory in their Boxing Day battle

Kieran Tierney is hopeful that Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Chelsea can be a stepping stone to climb the table.

The Gunners came into the game after a league winless streak dating back to early November.

Coach Mikel Arteta was forced into a shakeup due to illness and a coronavirus scare, and the changes paid off for the Spanish manager, as his team looked much hungrier than Chelsea.

Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty after a Reece James foul on Tierney put them on track in the 34th minute.

A brilliant free kick by Granit Xhaka on the edge of the break doubled the lead, and Bukayo Saka’s cross shot over Edouard Mendy secured all three points despite Tammy Abraham scoring a late goal for Chelsea.

The victory recently for Arsenal’s position in the table, as they only moved up one place to 14, but put more points between them and the relegation places.

Tierney is hopeful that the first win in eight league games can help ease the sadness at the club.

“It’s a start,” Tierney told Sky Sports. “We needed that today.

“We needed to give the fans something to be positive about. We have had some bad results this season so it’s a start.

“We started better. We don’t wait until we go down 1-0 to start playing and creating chances.

“We started with the front foot. That has been the message of the last weeks of training.

“It’s a start and something to build on. We wanted to get that victory, get three points and climb slowly but surely that table.

“Chelsea are a good team, they are higher in the table than us, so coming out with three points is important.”

Youngsters Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli and Saka all received starts and did not disappoint their coach.

Tierney felt the trio performed well and fully deserved their spot on the flank.

“All the youngsters here are hungry to play,” said the Scottish defender. “They have the platform to play. They came in and they were brilliant. “

Goalkeeper Bernd Leno repelled a Jorginho penalty to 3-1 into injury time and Tierney praised the German.

“Leno has pulled us out of a hole there, as it would have been a long five minutes if that penalty had gone in,” he said. “Leno is an exceptional goalkeeper and he saved us today.”

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