Hazard confirms he is staying at Chelsea this month

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Match victor Alonso added: "We definitely deserved it, the first half was 50-50, we start off dominating but then we left a bit of space and they played better at the end". In that 15 minutes, we were not able to do this, so we were in trouble.

Arsenal would score on 37 minutes, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who himself had missed another great chance, arrowed a left-footed shot past new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In a tighter second half, neither side could carve out as many chances but Alonso settled the game when Belgium winger Eden Hazard, on as a substitute, carved open the Arsenal defence for the Spanish defender to finish in Sarri's first home game in charge.

Hazard came off the bench for Chelsea against Arsenal yesterday with Maurizio Sarri keen to ease him back into the fold.

While Chelsea do not hold an official option to buy the player at the end of his loan deal, you can imagine the Blues will be at the top of the list if he has a fruitful spell in London.

On the contrary, landing Kovacic on loan for the 2018/19 campaign was a smart move by Chelsea, who ensured they made the most of Thibaut Courtois' permanent switch in the other direction.

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The London derby this Saturday is the match to look out for this weekend.

"It is better to be on the pitch than on the bench, but the boys when they are playing did well, so if I'm on the pitch for 15 or 20 minutes, I do my best", he told BT Sport. "I am going to stop for just one or two years then I will start again". But I'm working well and I'm improving and that's what matters. I think that the players were very good in the second half. That's [regular game time] what I really need now.

"[Sarri] knows me for a long time".

"We could see [against Arsenal] that the fans like me a lot". The players are accustomed to a new broom sweeping clean, but Sarri is also fortunate to have inherited a stronger, better-balanced squad at Chelsea than Emery has found at Arsenal.

Alvaro Morata wants Chelsea to make Stamford Bridge a fortress once more.

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