Sokratis celebrated his important tackle on Willian during Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea

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Arsenal picked up a comfortable 2-0 victory against Chelsea on Saturday night. 

Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny ensured the Gunners cruised past their rivals and closed the gap on the top-four. 

The game was billed as one that could swing Arsenal's season - a loss to Chelsea would have seen them nine points adrift of fourth spot and all-important Champions League football next season.

But, the win means they're instead just three points behind, and it's all to play for as we get into the business end of the campaign.

In truth, Unai Emery's side far outclassed their opponents at the Emirates. 

Chelsea never looked like mounting a comeback after going 2-0 down in the first half, and following the game, boss Maurizio Sarri had some really tough words for his team.

CHELSEA CRITICISED 

"I’m extremely angry, very angry indeed. This defeat was due to our mentality. I can’t accept it," he said during his post-match press conference. 

"We had a similar issue against Tottenham in the league. It appears this group of players are extremely difficult to motivate.

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"These players don't have a ferocity, it's the type of players they are. This is a team that's never going to be known for its battling qualities."

Wow. Those are seriously damaging claims for a manager to make about his own team.  

Thankfully for Arsenal fans, the opposite can be said for their players, and how they performed on Saturday. 

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SOKRATIS SHOWS HIS PASSION

In fact, centre-back Sokratis showed a great amount of passion and fight at one point in the second half, and thankfully, the BT Sport cameras caught the moment in all its glory. 

Watch below as the defender flies in for a tackle on Willian, then gets up and celebrates it like a goal by letting out a massive shout and a fist pump.

Epic. And it's fair to say that Arsenal fans absolutely loved the passion, with many tweeting about his actions. 

With fight like that on show every week, there's no reason Arsenal can't battle for a top-four spot come May. 

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