Shots were flying towards his goal all afternoon but most of them missed the target. Stayed alert to keep out a curling effort from Arshavin in the first-half.
The net saved a poor Chelsea fan from having his head taken off. Added to a solid defensive display with 35-yard rocket that would be any goalkeeper in the world. Hobbled off in added time.
Commanding performance from the captain inspired the title holders to another clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.
Seldom ventured past the halfway line but won his battle against Arshavin being replaced by Ferreira in the 73rd minute.
Had the last laugh as he responded to vile abuse from the visiting supporters with a great delivery to create Drogba's opener. Loves teaming up with the Ivorian against his former club and was a linesman's flag away from scoring himself.
Not his best game but offered balance on the left while linking up well with Drogba. Early lob that just went over would have been a brilliant goal. Cute finish at the near post for the winner shows he has the touch to supplement his power.
J. Obi Mikel
Made some vital interceptions but struggled to come to terms with Arsenal's midfield movement. Nevertheless, provided a solid base as Chelsea played largely on the counter-attack. Replaced by Sturridge in 89th minute.
The game seemed to be passing the Brazlian by before he showed why Chelsea splashed out £18million for his services with the tackle and superbly weighted pass in the build-up to the opener. Substituted for Zhirkov in 83rd minute.
Had few sights on goal from isolated starting position on the right but his pace and eye for a pass were a constant threat as Chelsea played on the break.
Sulks and frowns in defeat at Manchester City last weekend, snarls and smiles this week as he took his tally against Arsenal to 13 goals in as many games. The Gunners simply can't handle him.
Shaky start would have worried Arsenal fans but grew in confidence. Athletically denied a powerful Drogba effort and had little chance with either goal.
Horror moment as he dallied on the ball and Anelka went through on goal, but in general dealt well with Chelsea's aerial deliveries to Drogba.
Kept Malouda quiet but struggled with Cole's runs from deep and offered little attacking threat.
Worked hard and made few errors defensively, by was shown up by Cole's attacking surges.
Assured performance from Arsenal's summer signing. Impressive leaps in the air to challenge Drogba. Missed excellent chance with early header.
Great first-half effort kept out by Cech but subdued afternoon for the Russian before he was substituted three minutes from time.
The visitors' main threat in the first-half and nearly scored the opener but his effort from the edge of the box drifted just wide. Faded after the break as he dropped deep in search of the ball.
Class act who is belying his tender years. Flitted in and out of the game but always looked like he could make something happen before being replaced by Emmanuel-Thomas in the 81st minute.
Included in the side to deal with Chelsea's physicality and helped Arsenal control possession and territory for long spells of the afternoon. Replaced by Rosicky in the 70th minute.
Showed in the first minute that he brings another dimension to Arsenal's game when he through himself at the ball to head just wide. Had two tame claims for penalties and could have been more clinical.