Arsenal vs. Chelsea: Chelsea Victory as It Happened
Premier League—Arsenal vs. Chesea
Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea
Arsenal: Mannone; Vermaelen, Koscielny, Jenkinson, Gibbs; Arteta, Diaby (Oxlade-Chamberlain 17'), Cazorla; Podolski (Giroud 67'), Ramsey (Walcott 67'), Gervinho
Subs: Martinez, Mertesacker, Santos, Djourou, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud
Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cole, Terry, David Luiz (Cahill 82'); Ramires, Obi Mikel, Mata, Oscar (Moses 74'), Hazard; Torres
Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Romeu, Lampard, Moses
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Arsene Wenger will be kicking himself for changing a winning formula, and there really should be some alterations to the starting XI for next week's game against West Ham and the midweek Champions League tie against Olympiakos.
For Roberto Di Matteo, talks of crisis seem well in the past, as his Chelsea side get their biggest win of the season, and it was thoroughly deserved.
That's a really tough loss for Arsenal to take because both goals they conceded should never have been let through, and Laurent Koscielny will feel that he had his worst game in an Arsenal shirt for quite a while.
Chelsea, though, will relish the three points on the road against one of their biggest rivals, and they will be massively boosted in their quest for the Premier League title.
94+5'—Just a few more seconds now.
90+4—Arsenal get nothing, Chelsea still attacking in Arsenal's penalty box, and they win a corner that Eden Hazard will take.
90+3—Ramires catches Santi Cazorla late and gets a yellow card for his transgression. Bit of a soft foul, but Arsenal can get play started from within their own half via Vito Mannone.
90+2—Oh no Giroud! He was played through, had a one-on-one with Petr Cech, tried to around him, and just hit his shot into the side netting. That was the chance right there, and I doubt they'll have any more.
90'—Into the last minute of normal time now, and there will be four minutes added on.
89'—Foul on Victor Moses committed by Mikel Arteta on the right side of midfield, but Arsenal win the ball back and continue to attack mainly from the wings.
Santi Cazorla has a first-time shot with his left foot, but it goes just over the bar.
87'—Confusion in the Chelsea defence as Theo Walcott's low ball hits off the legs of two Chelsea defenders before Petr Cech collects it.
Time for Arsenal to really turn up the energy if they want to get the second goal that they need so badly, but they don't look quite like they're up for it.
85'—Substitution for Chelsea:
Ryan Bertrand on for Juan Mata to add fresh legs and more defensive skill to what will probably be the left wing.
84'—Ooh, Olivier Giroud's header from a free-kick is off the crossbar, and the referee blows his whistle for offside on the rebound.
There won't be too many more chances for Arsenal like that, they can't go on wasting those.
83'—Substitution for Cheslea:
Gary Cahill comes on for David Luiz to add a little more defensive shape to the side. Luiz also looked like he had been carrying a bit of a knock for much of the game.
82'—Juan Mata takes it and drives it into the top of the wall. Laurent Koscielny is down after clashing heads with Olivier Giroud, who actually got the ball away.
Arsenal get play restarted by kicking it to Chelsea out of sportsmanship.
79'—Very poor from Oxlade-Chamberlain, he misplaced a simple pass and Chelsea can keep it for another couple minutes.
Now then, Juan Mata goes down at the feet of Kieran Gibbs just outside the penalty area. Central free-kick from about 19 yards out. We'll see how Chelsea handle this.
78'—Arsenal really struggling to keep the ball when they do get it back, but Chelsea are retaining possession more than they have at any other point during the match.
Nevertheless, Arsenal attempt some good buildup play and are keeping it for the moment.
77'—A Chelsea corner leads to another Chelsea corner, which is defended by Olivier Giroud, and gives the Blues yet another corner.
They take it short, John Terry wants it at the far post, but it goes out of play
75'—Substitution for Chelsea
Victor Moses on for Oscar, who never really settled today and was already on a yellow card.
73'—Unbelievable save from Petr Cech! My god, that's wonderful. Olivier Giroud lashed a shot from the left side of the box, it took a wicked deflection off of David Luiz, but somehow, Cech, totally wrong-footed got a hand to it and Arsenal have it off the corner.
72'—For Arsenal, Oxlade-Chamberlain is now in midfield, Walcott's on the right wing, Gervinho on the left and Olivier Giroud at striker.
Santi Cazorla tries to go it himself around the penalty box, but can't make his own chance. Arsenal still have it, though.
70'—Bit of a frantic, scrappy game now, this, but Chelsea look more comfortable in possession now, and Eden Hazard tries to work his magic in Arsenal's third.
The Gunners will really need to press for more possession if they want to nick the goal that they need so badly.
67'—Double substitution for Arsenal:
Theo Walcott on for Aaron Ramsey, and
Olivier Giroud on for Lukas Podolski
67'—Ooh, David Luiz almost put the ball into his own net there, and he struggled to deal with Kieran Gibbs' cross.
66'—Wow, Chelsea had a great opportunity to get a goal on the counterattack, led by Fernando Torres, but he played a slow, wide pass that stops that move dead in its tracks.
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott about to come on for Arsenal, it seems.
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