England international attacker Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal in the 24th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Barton, currently a free agent after leaving Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2014-15 season, was following the game, and he was impressed with the performance produced by Arsenal.
Looked resilient today Arsenal. Encouraging signs if they are to challenge for the title. Expect to see a lot more from Chelsea this year.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 2, 2015
Over the course of the 90 minutes, Arsenal had 43% of the possession, took 11 shots of which five were on target, and earned four corners.
Chelsea had 57% of the possession, took 14 shots of which only two were on target, and earned four corners.