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Chelsea have now suffered back-to-back league defeats to Arsenal for first time since 03/04 season .

WOW Arsenal record back-to-back Premier League victories over Chelsea for first time in 17 years as Emile Smith Rowe stuns lacklustre Blues at Stamford Bridge

If Roman Abramovich needed a reminder to spend big on a goalscorer this summer, Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday was it.

The Blues suffered back-to-back defeats to the Gunners for the first time since the 2003/04 season as Emile Smith Rowe capitalised on Jorginho’s overhit pass in the first half to seal a shock victory for the north London club.

Smith Rowe got his second Premier League goal in as many games

Chelsea failed to make their chances and utter domination of possession pay – and Abramovich must surely now know that he needs to sign a prolific goal-scorer if he wants his side to go toe-to-toe with Manchester City next season.

Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku and Harry Kane have all been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and the Russian, like he has done so many times during his 18-year stint as owner of the west London club, may now be forced to get his chequebook out once more.

Smith Rowe put Arsenal in front after 15 minutes, capitalising on a loose ball from Jorginho in a rare defensive lapse from Chelsea.