Emile Smith Rowe’s brilliant reaction to nutmegging Thiago Silva

It is fitting given the number of surprising results this Premier League campaign has thrown up that an Arsenal side that has suffered their worst league form for more than four decades beat the Champions League finalists.

A second league goal for Emile Smith Rowe was enough to secure Arsenal's first league victory at Stamford Bridge for just over a decade.

The last time Arsenal came away from Chelsea's home with three points, Mikel Arteta was in midfield for the Gunners, but tonight he prowled his dugout with pride as he watched his young guns deliver a professional away performance.

Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on hand to capitalise on a bizarre mix-up between Jorginho and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, before teeing up Smith Rowe to scuff home a goal against a side that rejected him when he was a promising academy prospect.

Smith Rowe enjoyed a fantastic night's work, not only with his goal but his willingness to take the game to the hosts during spells where it appeared like his teammates were more than happy to absorb wave after wave of Chelsea pressure.

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The Arsenal academy graduate, affectionately nicknamed the 'Croydon De Bruyne', even managed to nutmeg a defender of Thiago Silva's calibre late on which he was pressed to comment on after the game.

After the incident was mentioned, Smith Rowe responded with humility, claiming: "I can't even remember it, but if it was I'll take it."

The win see's Arsenal briefly leapfrog Everton into eighth, despite having played a game more than the Toffees.

Arteta's side will also have one eye on a late run for Europa League qualification, though they will need a number of results elsewhere to go their way.

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