Chelsea recorded a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, as the Gunners fell further behind their London rivals in the Premier League table.
Arsenal had the first chance of the game on just two minutes. Mesut Ozil capitalised on a mistake from David Luiz and found Alex Iwobi, who from the edge of the saw an effort deflect just wide of goal.
On 11 minutes Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill saw a header bounce over the bar from a wide free-kick. The Blues took the lead on 13 minutes. Pedro’s cross was bulleted against the bar by Diego Costa’s head, only for Blues wing-back Marcos Alonso to head home the rebound.
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin flicked the ball over the Chelsea goal on 17 minutes. Chelsea were back up the other end shortly afterwards, as Costa fired into the side-netting. On 30 minutes Alonso pulled the ball back to Pedro in the penalty area, but Petr Cech comfortably dealt with the low effort.
On 37 minutes Thibaut Courtois pulled off a superb save from a Gabriel header after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had found the Brazilian unmarked in the penalty area. Arsenal had a chance to equalise in first half stoppage-time, as Ozil’s low shot at the near post was kept out by Courtois.
The first attempt on goal of the second half arrived on 51 minutes as Eden Hazard fired well over the bar from just outside of the area. The Blues doubled their lead on 53 minutes through an excellent solo goal from Hazard.
The Belgian international started a run from the halfway line, outmuscled Francis Coquelin before he fronted up to Arsenal pair Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny and firing past Cech in the Blues goal.
The visitors introduced Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck off the bench. Chelsea then dropped back slightly and attempted to hit the Gunners on the occasional counter-attack. On 78 minutes, Welbeck came close to getting a goal back, as Courtois did well to keep out a Welbeck header.
From the resulting corner kick, Mustafi headed wide of goal. The Blues made it three on 85 minutes. Arsenal ‘keeper Cech misplaced a clearance to former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who lobbed the ball into an empty net. On 89 minutes, Fabregas crossed for Alonso whose looped header was easily dealt with by Cech.
Soon afterwards Costa outmuscled Mustafi before firing wide of goal. Arsenal got a consolation goal in stoppage-time. Nacho Monreal crossed and Giroud headed home past Courtois. There was still time for Mustafi to head straight at Courtois, but it was the last attempt of the game.
In the end, Chelsea had too much quality and recorded a fifth consecutive win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. The defeat leaves Arsenal 12 points behind the league leaders.
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