Sunday's clash at the Emirates was no different, with Chelsea coming out on top, 1-0.
The fixture again was turned on its head almost immediately, as Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was sent off in the 18th minute for a tackle on Chelsea forward Diego Costa.
Costa got in front of the not-so-pacey German, who was forced to make a last-ditch tackle from behind.
Per Mertesacker tracking back on defence. pic.twitter.com/7kn6H1pOXK— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 24, 2016
Look at the dab pic.twitter.com/Zp6XjTccOM— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) January 24, 2016
The red card was not without contention, though, as replays showed that Mertesacker may not have made contact with Costa.
It mattered not, though, as Chelsea took the lead shortly after Mertesacker's dismissal, through Costa, of course.
When you get Per Mertesacker sent off and give Chelsea the lead at Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/OXJlPlQtCe— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 24, 2016
Per usual, Arsenal were mocked on social media due to their reputation for implosions on the biggest stage.
Whenever we start seriously thinking about winning the league... pic.twitter.com/1J3TRE5mXu— Mateusz (@afc_Mat) January 24, 2016
10 men: ✅ Diego Costa goal: ✅ Classic Arsenal: ✅ pic.twitter.com/j36EORt2WK— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) January 24, 2016
Guus Hiddink's halftime team talk: "Just stand still for 45 minutes and they'll beat themselves."— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) January 24, 2016
Quality Arsenal implosion. When will we learn.— East Lower (@eastlower) January 24, 2016
The only way this could get worse for Arsenal is if Petr Cech decides to switch back and plays side by side with Courtois.— Brooks Peck (@BrooksDT) January 24, 2016
Mertesacker and forward Olivier Giroud, who made way for defender Gabriel after the red card, were caught by cameras late on looking a bit unpleasant.
Best mates. pic.twitter.com/KLvZK3nO6w— Football Paradise (@Football_P) January 24, 2016
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez made his long-awaited return from injury, with Arsenal fans holding their breath for a miracle from the Chilean.
Alexis Sanchez is on. Arsenal, as you'd expect, have really been lacking an outlet since the sending off.— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) January 24, 2016
Help me, Alexis Sanchez. pic.twitter.com/bYYZscwq4n— Sean Swaby (@seanswaby) January 24, 2016
Chelsea also brought back an injured star, as midfielder Eden Hazard came on for Oscar. Hazard, who has struggled to replicate his form of last season, felt the wrath of the internet trolls, too.
Big respect to Guus Hiddink. Brought on Hazard for Oscar, so that they don't have a man advantage for the last 15 minutes.— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) January 24, 2016
The Blues held off a late challenge from the hosts, who couldn't see away their London rivals and ended the week trailing Leicester City by three points at the top of the table.
Arsenal have the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League and be like... https://t.co/jQvYIyNxL5— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) January 24, 2016
Arsenal two points from their last nine in the league. And we keep waiting for Leicester to fade.— Michael Cummings (@MiguelCominguez) January 24, 2016
LOL same old Arsenal 😴😴😆— Joe Weller (@joe_weller_) January 24, 2016
The most Arsenaly game of the season. Since the last time we played them.— arseblog (@arseblog) January 24, 2016
Massive win and clean sheet. Zouma unstoppable, Fabregas dominant before tiring out & Willian as usual put in 200%.— Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) January 24, 2016
Same old Arsenal— Eat My Goal.tv (@eatmygoaltv) January 24, 2016
Even with this loss we're 5 points ahead of 5th place. #4thplacetrophy— Arsenalist (@arsenalist) January 24, 2016