Romelu Lukaku made a dream return for Chelsea with a goal on his second debut as Thomas Tuchel’s side maintained their winning start to 2021/22 with a 2-0 victory at Arsenal.
Lukaku, a summer signing from Inter Milan, took just 15 minutes to score his first goal in his second spell with the Blues, sweeping home Reece James’s inviting delivery from close range.
James doubled Chelsea’s lead on 35 minutes, controlling a pass from fellow Academy graduate Mason Mount before rifling the ball beyond goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Arsenal tried to get a foothold with Rob Holding heading wide moments before substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 63rd-minute shot was saved by Edouard Mendy.
Lukaku might have added his second, and Chelsea’s third, but Leno produced a superb save to turn the striker’s bullet header from Mount’s cross on to the bar.