- van Persie 36, 85, 90,
- Santos 49,
- Walcott 55
Arsenal and Chelsea are two of the English Premier League's biggest and most successful teams. They're two of the most supported, strongest and entertaining sides in world football. However few would have predicted the brilliance or madness or action that emerged at Stamford Bridge.
Eight goals, a hat trick from Arsenal captain Robin van Persie and some of the goals of the season. There were arguments, poor defensive displays, men enduring untimely falls and so many goals that Arsene Wenger was not quite sure if the eighth had been scored or not.
Chelsea broke the deadlock after 14 minutes, when England international Frank Lampard evaded Per Mertesacker as a marker and headed home. However, the Gunners were conveying their predominant attacking fluency, and chances continued to arise with Gervinho and Robin van Persie failing to capitalize on easy chances.
However Arsenal's attacking prowess was eventually rewarded when Wales captain Aaron Ramsey played a scintillating ball through to Gervinho, who showed lacking composure to square away from the on rushing Petr Cech and give Robin van Persie the simplest of finishes.
However, moments before Andre Mariner was set to blow his halftime whistle, Andres Villas-Boas men pounced to regain the lead. England captain John Terry took advantage of inevitable fragile set piece defence from Arsene Wenger's men to retrieve the momentum.
Arsenal returned from the main break the stronger side and soon began to exert their possession dominance. Four minutes after the restart, Alexandre Song found Andre Santos out wide, who produced a composed finished. Six minutes later, Theo Walcott fell before reacting the quickest to break the Chelse defensive line and fire emphatically past a helpless Cech.
However, just as Arsenal appeared to have the game settled with 10 minutes remaining, Spanish dynamo Juan Mata sent a sublime long range effort into the corner after Andre Santos had lost possession. The game looked destined to end a draw before a harmless back pass from Florent Malouda saw John Terry fall and have Robin van Persie go one on one with Cech. The inform Dutchman was never going to miss and calmly rounded the Chelsea shot stopper and gave Arsenal the lead with five minutes remaining.
Chelsea threw almost everyone forward, which eventually lead to an Arsenal counter where Robin van Persie ended a well-worked breakaway to complete a marvelous hattrick and a marvellous win.
As always, Bleacher Report establishes seven things fans learned from the encounter.