Arsenal crashed to a second successive Premier League defeat as Ollie Watkins’ early goal fired Aston Villa to a 1-0 win, while nine-man Newcastle beat Southampton 3-2 on Saturday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice including a late winner as Arsenal qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over Benfica in Greece, while Manchester United and Rangers cruised through to the next round.
Arsenal and Tottenham are desperate to stake their top-four claims this season after missing out on the Champions League, with Leicester and Wolves also hungry for a seat at Europe’s top table.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang vowed to become an Arsenal “legend” as the Gunners captain ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract on Tuesday.
Frank Lampard said Kai Havertz is just getting started after opening his Chelsea account with a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of Barnsley, while Arsenal also booked their place in the League Cup
Manchester United and Chelsea need a swift response to their title credentials being damaged by home defeats last weekend, while one or both of Liverpool and Arsenal’s perfect records
Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the dream start, but the Blues unravelled after Aubameyang was brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta inside the area and converted the resulting penalty.
In only his 25th match as a manager, Arteta masterminded a 2-0 victory – secured by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double – that ended Manchester City's title defence on Saturday.
Guardiola accused Arsenal and other Premier League rivals of “whispering” – colluding behind City’s back to ensure that their ban for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play would be upheld.