Two games and two defeats for Unai Emery and Arsenal - but that was far from the whole story in an enthralling encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Our new Spanish coach made some surprise selections for this tussle, showing he isn’t afraid to ring the changes, which will keep the players on their toes.

There was no room for Aaron Ramsey in the eleven, and Alexandre Lacazette was again named on the bench, as we went with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan up top, as well as shock inclusion Alex Iwobi.

Again Lucas Torreira was not in the matchday team, and Matteo Guendouzi retained his place to start alongside Granit Xhaka.

In defence there were no such surprises, with Hector Bellerin,  Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and the returning Nacho Monreal in front of Petr Cech who was facing his former side.

There were murmurs of discontent  at some of these choices - Xhaka ahead of Torreira and Iwobi in for Ramsey were not exactly pleasing some Gooners on social media - and this wasn’t helped by our start to the game.

Bellerin was cut to ribbons by Marcos Alonso early on, and his failure to get to grips with the Spanish defender allowed a cross to fizz across the box - with Pedro afforded acres of space to finish past Cech - and this was inside ten minutes.

This wasn’t a one-sided game though. It seemed as if defence training was skipped by both sides, and Arsenal should have really grabbed an equaliser, as Aubameyang spurned a glorious opportunity inside the penalty area, blazing high.

The match was being played at a frenetic pace and both sides were making chances. Chelsea were enjoying success with balls over the top of our high line, and Cech pulled off a few smart stops to keep us in it, but the Blues only had to wait another ten minutes before they doubled their lead.

It was another lofted ball that caused us problems, with Cesar Azpilicueta’s pass finding the shot-shy Alvaro Morata. The Spanish striker suddenly found his feet, skipped inside a desperate Mustafi before firing past Cech.

Despite our promising signs we were two goals down and our naivety was costing us at the back. Sokratis wasn’t particularly erroneous, and Nacho too, but Mustafi’s positioning was woeful, and Bellerin’s defending whether one on one or holding a line was the opening that Chelsea were using.

Still, we had a hope thanks to our attack - and we were creating chances, but none were taken to the bank. Mkhitaryan wasted another brilliant opportunity from a very similar area to Auba’s previous miss. We were throwing away our hard work.

Until the 37th minute that is.

Mkhitaryan made amends for his previous miss, with a shot from just outside the area. It was well hit but not completely in the corner, and the world’s most expensive keeper, Kepa, got his hands on the effort, but couldn’t keep it out.

2-1, and we were right back in it.

Four minutes later, it was all square, and Iwobi silenced a few doubters, after that man Mkhitaryan was at the heart of things again, cutting the ball back for the Nigerian to lash home.

We weren’t finished there, but thankfully for the home side, half time was signalled by the ref and the Blues, who were on the ropes, were saved by the bell. We had created chances in the double figures, and we had got back on level pegging after going two goals down. This was a huge positive.

Emery showed no mercy to his men, and hooked Xhaka at half time, bringing on Torreira for the second half.

The second half saw us come out quickly, and Monreal very nearly gave us the lead, but his header was saved.

Slowly but surely though, Chelsea were coming back into it. Cech saved a few efforts from Morata and Pedro, but our changes were not having the desired effect, Chelsea were showing more hunger for the win, winning the vital second balls that swing a game.

Aaron Ramsey and Lacazette came on during the second half for Ozil - who had been anonymous - and Iwobi respectively, but the tide was all in the home side’s favour, and we were sailing close to the wind. After all of our efforts, we were threatening to chuck it away.

Emery was gesticulating wildly throughout, but his look of devastation in the 81st minute showed how hurt he was by our failings at the back.

Lacazette gave the ball away and it was that man Alonso again, who slotted home from substitute Eden Hazard’s low cross, to give Chelsea a win that looked unlikely for so long.

It was an even match, but in terms of openings forged, Arsenal had performed better, especially being away from home.

The majority will look at the table and see two losses from two, but there were plenty of reasons to remain optimistic.

Guendouzi is a real find and he will only get better. Our attack wasn’t at its best yet we still cut Chelsea to ribbons. If we can find a magic formula for our defence, then we will be on the road to recovery.

New tactics and processes take time to instill, but if this is us at the formulation stage, then I’m not too worried.

We will improve, and this performance would have been enough to see off most other teams.

If we want to return to where we think we belong though, we need to get savvy, quickly.