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Chelsea win against nine-man Arsenal

Posted on September 19, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal had the first real threat of the game on four minutes. Theo Walcott was played in behind the Chelsea, but Asmir Begovic came out and narrowed the striker’s angle and the England international eventually ran the ball out of play.

The first attempt from the home side came on six minutes, as Petr Cech dealt easily with a Cesc Fabregas effort on goal. On 12 minutes Alexis Sanchez cut in from the wing and fired an effort just wide of goal.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa saw an effort from just outside the area easily gathered by Cech on 23 minutes. On 29 minutes Mesut Ozil found Theo Walcott in a wide position in the penalty area, but the forward’s low effort was easily dealt with by Begovic.

The home side threatened on 32 minutes. Former-Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas played a ball over the top of the Arsenal defence, which found Pedro who advanced on goal only for Cech to come out at the feet of the Spaniard.

The Blues had a penalty appeal turned down on 34 minutes, as Gabriel wrestled Eden Hazard to the ground in the penalty area. Chelsea winger Pedro miscued an effort wide of goal on 38 minutes. Pedro’s effort from the edge of the area drew a good save from Cech on 43 minutes.

Arsenal were reduced to ten men in first half stoppage-time, as centre-back Gabriel was dismissed for a second yellow card, following a clash with Chelsea striker Diego Costa. The Blues striker was maybe lucky not to be sent-off after lashing out with his arm on Laurent Koscielny.

Gabriel got involved in the incident and was booked. However, just seconds later the former-Villarreal star was dismissed following a slight flick of the studs on Costa.

Chelsea came out strong in the second half and less than a minute into the second period Pedro volleyed just wide of Cech’s goal. The Gunners hot back with Alexis Sanchez seeing a free-kick from just outside the penalty area deflect wide of goal.

Chelsea took the lead on 52 minutes. Cesc Fabregas floated free-kick was powerfully headed past Cech by Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma. On 57 minutes, Hazard stung the palms of Petr Cech from the edge of the penalty area.

Sanchez had a golden opportunity to equalise on 59 minutes, but the Chilean scuffed an effort into the side-netting after confusion in the Chelsea defence. On 64 minutes Walcott curled an effort wide of goal from just outside the penalty box.

Chelsea went straight up the other end. Hazard showed good skill to beat two Arsenal defenders, before dragging a shot wide of the far post. Pedro fired over the bar from just outside the area on 68 minutes, after Chelsea caught the Gunners on the break.

On 77 minutes after a slight lull, Walcott saw an effort deflect wide of Begovic’s goal. The Gunners were reduced to nine men on 79 minutes. Santi Cazorla was shown a second yellow card for a heavy challenge on Fabregas.

Chelsea made it two in stoppage-time. Loic Remy’s shot was blocked in the penalty area, only for Hazard’s effort to take a heavy deflection off Callum Chambers and beat Cech. Begovic produced a late stop from close-range from Aaron Ramsey.

That effort was the last of the game and brought to an end another bad 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge for the north London side.

Did Arsenal deserve to lose by two goals at Stamford Bridge?

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