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October 3, 2010
• Stamford Bridge, London
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 41828
D. Drogba 39'
Shots on Target
90' + 4'
FULL TIME: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal - An impressive performance from Chelsea as they sweep aside Arsene Wenger's gunners to take the points, the plaudits and the bragging rites. I've been Eliot Rothwell, stay with goal.com for the reaction the game and for all the latest football news and views.
90' + 2'
Alex hobbles off leaving Didier Drogba to slot in next to John Terry at centre-back, The Ivorian looks to relish the challenge as he cracks a cheeky smile the way of his captain.
Another good save from Fabianski as incisive counter-attacking from Chelsea leaves Ashley Cole with time and space to thunder a shot at the Arsenal goal.
John Obi Mikel
Essien squanders a fantastic opportunity as he breaks clear of the Arsenal defence before his uncertainty in possession is punished as a weak chipped effort is easily palmed away by Fabianski.
GOAL: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal - An absolute stunner from Alex as he crashes a free-kick past Fabianksi and into the top corner of the net!. That's the game.
Yellow Card Laurent Koscielny
Yellow Card Paulo Ferreira
The first yellow card of the game is brandished to the recent substitute Paolo Ferreira as he brings down another recent substitute Tomas Rosicky as Arsenal are looking to break.
Essien confidently breaks out of the midfiled to slide a curling pass inside Gael Clichy and in front of the onrushing Nicloas Anelka. Anelka then proceeds to fire an effort at goal but an unorthodox save from Fabianksi relieves the danger.
Alex Song blasts a shot over the bar after some neat Arsenal midfield play. The Cameroonian's effort sums up the attacking of Arsenal thus far.
A loud chorus of cheers ring around Stamford Bridge as the linesman's flag shoots up to disallow an Ashley Cole goal. The 'goal' stemmed from some excellent work from Anelka on the right-hand side as the drifted inwards before playing a lofted pass into the area and to the feet of the incoming Cole. Replays show that the left-back was marginally offiside but only by a whisker.
Chelsea now look continually laboured in possession as Arsenal press them for every ball. A number of passes from the Champions have lacked the relevant direction or pace, allowing Arsenal to benefit.
Anelka goes close with a crossed effort from the right hand side following a neat nutmeg from Michael Essien, at the expense of Jack Wilshere.
Good football from Arsenal as Nasri and Diaby play a delightful one-two on the edge of Chelsea's area. Nasri strides forward put his eye-of-the-needle pass to Chamakh is slightly overhit and rolls feebly into the gloves of Cech.
Shocking miss from Chelsea's Nicolas Anelka as he takes advantage of hesitance in the Arsenal defence to break clear. The Frenchman rounds Fabianski before contriving to slot the ball into the side netting.
Penalty shouts from the Chelsea supporters fail to influence the referee Mike Dean as Didier Drogba ghosts into the box before being brought down by an immaculately timed challenge from Laurent Koscielny.
Arsenal continue to show attacking intent as Arshavin latches onto a mistake in the Chelsea defence and rolls a ball into the path of Abou Diaby. The Frenchman wastes the opportunity with his hesitancy but manages to win a corner for his side.
Chelsea are yet to successfully deal with the aerial threat of Chamakh as the Arsenal striker again manages to head the ball goalward from a Nasri corner.
Greg Stobart has filled us in on the half-time events at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea paraded their former centre-back Erland Johnsen at half-time. The Norwegian's appearance barely mustered a ripple of applause - you can't help but wonder whether some of the 'newer' Chelsea fans have ever heard of him."
The first action of the second half sees Arsenal on the front foot as Wilshere slide a delicate ball into the feet of Chamakh. The Arsenal striker knocks the ball forward as Petr Cech swiftly pounces, felling the Moroccan, unfortunately for Arsenal fans, Mike Dean signals a goal-kick rather than a penalty.
Chelsea kick off the second half with a 1-0 lead and the expectation to go on and take all three points from this London derby.
45' + 4'
HALF TIME: Mike Dean signals the end of the first half in this hotly contested London derby. Interesting news for Chelsea is that Didier Drogba is yet to lose a game against Arsene Wenger's men.
A nasty challenge from Michael Essien leaves Abou Diaby writhing on the floor. Replays show that Essien's studs rake down the Arsenal midfielder's ankle causing the Frenchman a lot of pain.
Threatening play from Anelka as the former Arsenal man charges down the right-hand side before feinting inside Gael Clichy and sending a shot goalward. Fabianksi collects the effort rather easily as he falls to his knees.
Assist Ashley Cole
Goal Didier Drogba
GOAL: Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal - Excellent play by Chelsea new boy Ramires as he wins the ball off the Arsenal midfield before sliding in a delicate ball to Ashley Cole. The Chelsea full-back then plays a low cross to Didier Drogba who, in an act of improvisation, executes a backheeled spin into the net.
Great safe from Fabianksi as Didier Drogba powers into the Arsenal area before sending a crashing drive the way of the Arsenal goal.
It's taken thirty one minutes for the game to settle into a pattern of possession as the rough and tumble opening gives way to some delicate through balls. One of those balls slides to Samir Nasri on the edge of the Chelsea area. Chelsea skipper John Terry charges towards the Frenchman ensuring that his time is reduced. Nasri, however, still manages to get his shot away but the effort bounces wide of Peter Cech's goal.
Neat play from Abou Diaby and Samir Nasri on the left side results in a ball to Arshavin on the edge of the box. The Russian's control allows the ball to bounce up before the former Zenit man lashes a shot towards Peter Cech's goal. The Czech 'keeper frantically stretches to push the ball away.
Another poor corner from Drogba fails to beat the first man as Abou Diaby heads clear. Is he the right man to be taking corners, given his prowess in the air?
Arsenal again threaten from a corner as Nasri's curled ball appears to hit Chamakh before falling into the hands of Cech. The Chelsea defenders breather a sigh of relief as the 'keeper calmly removes the danger.
Ashley Cole strides forward confidently with the ball before playing a neat one-two with Didier Drogba aned whipping a left-footed cross into the box. The Arsenal 'keeper, Fabianski, flaps at the cross but luckily the ball falls to an Arsenal player.
Great chance for Michael Essien as the Ghanaian finds a yard in the box from a Didier Drogba corner. The midfielder rises the highest but the cross is aimed slightly above the Chelsea man and he cannot get a clean connection on the header.
The much vaunted Jack Wilshere has been failry anonymous in the opening fifteen minutes of the game as the combined threat of Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel has shackled the movement of the young gunner.
Sagna arrives just in time for Arsenal as the French full-back ends a threatening Chelsea move in which Drogba and Anelka combined to slice open the Arsenal defence.
Goal.com's Greg Stobart gives us a Ryder Cup update from the Stamford Bridge press lounge: "Ten minutes gone and the golf has been shown the door."
The Chelsea back four are not giving Arsenal's attackers any time on the ball as John Terry swiftly steps out of defence to flatten Arshavin and claim the ball.
Arsenal's good start continues with a neat flick on from Chamakh gifting Arshavin the ball. The Russian winger rounds Ivanovic with a drop of the shoulder but blasts his shot straight at Petr Cech.
Arsenal have a clear plan to press the Chelsea players when they have the ball. The boys in blue, however, have the technique and ability to still carve out chances as Malouda is released over the top of the Arsenal defence. The Frenchman sees his speculative volley sail over the bar.
A blistering start to this London derby continues as Alex Song brings down Florent Malouda outside of the box. The man with the eccentric haircut protests but to no avail as Mike Dean shakes his head. Didier Drogba blasts the ball harmlessly over the bar from the resulting free-kick.
And we're off. the first action of the game sees Arsenal threaten as Laurent Koscielny heads over from close range as Samir Nasri whips in a corner. Should have scored.
There's a startling revelation from Greg Stobart at Stamford Bridge: "The TV screens in the press box are, bizarrely, screening the Ryder Cup. Who wants to watch golf when there's a blood-and-thunder London derby about to get underway."
Greg has also been speaking to a very confident Rohit Mittal, 23, a medical instruments salesman from India: “Everyone is talking about Drogba but I think Malouda is going to be more important today. He has been on fire for a year now and even if Arsenal finally learn how to cope with Drogba, Malouda will get them. Chelsea will win by three or four goals.”
Goal.com's man at Stamford Bridge, Greg Stobart, has been speaking to a few fans pre-match: Colin Taylor, 42, a site manager from Sittingbourne: “We are top of the league and this is a huge chance for us to show we're favourites to win it again this season. After losing at Manchester City last week it's even more important to get three points today.”
And now to Arsene Wenger's Arsenal who give a start to young England starlet Jack Wilshere as well as the much maligned 'keeper Fabianski. Arsenal (4-3-3): Fabianski, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy; Diaby, Song, Wilshere; Nasri, Chamakh, Arshavin
Let's start with the home team as Chelsea name an experienced Premier League line-up for this fixture. Chelsea (4-1-2-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Alex, Terry, Cole; Mikel; Essien, Ramires; Anelka, Drogba, Malouda
Good afternoon and welcome to goal.com's live coverage of the heavyweight clash in this weekend's Premier League round of fixtures as Chelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge. I'm Eliot Rothwell and I will be giving you detailed updates throughout the game. Enjoy!
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