Chelsea went into this match on a run of two wins in seven at Stamford Bridge, with their opponents Arsenal suffering a similar slide in form. Having been berated for their slow start to recent matches, the home side started quickly. Chelsea took the lead after six minutes through a superb Juan Mata strike.
The sixteenth minute tribute to Roberto Di Matteo was abandoned as all attention was on the Arsenal box. Ramires dithered on the ball and Wojciech Szczesny took him down before getting the ball. Chelsea had a penalty, and although it looked like Fernando Torres wanted to take it, it was captain Frank Lampard who stepped up to the spot to score his 195th goal for Chelsea FC.
The Blues continued to press and had nine shots in the first half, four of which were on target. Arsenal could only counter and had a solitary shot on target before halftime.
After the break Chelsea slowed down, seeming to have forgotten the lesson from their previous fixture against Southampton, that sitting on a 2-0 lead with more than half of the match still to play is a very risky strategy.
Theo Walcott managed to lose his marker and darted down the middle, shooting just inside Cech's left-hand post after 58 minutes. The Gunners managed another five shots on target but failed to make them count. They left Stamford Bridge empty-handed as Chelsea clung on for the win.
Here are my Chelsea player ratings for this wintry win. I start each player on 5/10, and positive or negative contributions are added or subtracted accordingly. All stats are provided by EPLindex.com.