What Thomas Tuchel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did before Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Chelsea

Arsenal recorded a third successive Premier League victory for the first time since January with a 1-0 away win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Emile Smith Rowe’s second goal in as many outings was enough to seal all three points for the Gunners, inflicting just a third defeat on Chelsea since Thomas Tuchel took charge towards the end of January.

Smith Rowe was the benefactor of a costly error by Chelsea midfielder Jorginho and had the simple task of turning the ball home from close range.

His 16th minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides, despite Chelsea applying plenty of pressure in the second half and hitting the woodwork twice as the game entered its closing stages in their search for an equaliser.

Nevertheless, Arsenal managed to withstand that level of pressure to complete a famous league double over the Blues for the first time since the 2003/04 campaign, ensuring they wrapped up the local bragging rights ahead of making the journey back to north London.

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Ahead of kick-off, though, rivalries were put to one side, certainly between Tuchel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, anyway.

The duo were reunited ahead of the contest getting underway by the side of the pitch and embraced with a hug. The pair, of course, had worked together at German giants Borussia Dortmund before Tuchel was sacked by the Bundesliga club in May 2017.

Thomas Tuchel (right) caught up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of kick-off for a quick catch up. (Image: Sky Sports).
Thomas Tuchel (right) caught up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of kick-off for a quick catch up. (Image: Sky Sports).

Aubameyang proved himself to be one of the best players in the German top flight whilst working under Tuchel’s stewardship and has previously hailed his managerial qualities.

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“He is one of the best coaches I have ever had, I cannot deny his talent,” Aubameyang told SFR Sport back in 2018. “He could be a good fit with PSG, but if he goes on the adventure, we’ll have to see how he keeps the changing room together, I think that’s the hardest thing at a big club.

“He is a bit crazy, just like me.”

What was clear to see ahead of kick-off is that the pair still have a strong relationship and respect for each other, with them spotted by the TV cameras having a hug and a catch up.

Tuchel probably wasn’t feeling so friendly towards Aubameyang after just 16 minutes though, as it was the Gabon international that claimed the assist for Smith Rowe’s winner to seal a massive three points for Mikel Arteta’s side.

Source by Football London

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