Romelu Lukaku scored a goal in his first game in his second spell with Chelsea and defender Reece James added the second goal to lead the team to a 2-0 win at home to London rivals Arsenal on Sunday, giving Chelsea their second victory in two games at the start of their new Premier League campaign.
And it took Lukaku just 15 minutes to make his mark with Chelsea after moving for 97.5 million pounds ($132.8 million) from Inter Milan after a cross from James.
James scored the second goal for Chelsea after another 20 minutes, after great work from teammate Mason Mount.
Lukaku, who has not scored a Premier League goal for Chelsea in his first spell, showed why Chelsea had to break the club’s transfer record to bring him back seven years after leaving London.
The Belgian player gave Chelsea the physical strength and ferocity needed in attack that the club had lacked since the departure of Diego Costa in 2017.
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno prevented him from scoring his second personal goal after he blocked a powerful header and the ball hit the crossbar 15 minutes before the end, to the astonishment of Lukaku.
Arsenal missed many prominent players due to injury and disease, and did not pose any significant danger to coach Thomas Tuchel’s team, who kept a clean sheet again and started the match with famous names such as N’Golo Kante, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech on the bench.
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