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Rafael Benitez: Chelsea victory over Arsenal overdue
Published : 20 Jan 2013 17:08:42
Rafael Benitez: Chelsea victory over Arsenal overdue Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez believes his side were finally rewarded for their recent efforts with a 2-1 win over Arsenal. The Blues had not won at Stamford Bridge in four games since beating Aston Villa 8-0 on 23 December. "We have been doing well and creating chances in all our games," said Benitez, 52. A look at the stats Chelsea have won more penalties (8) than any other team in this season's Premier League. Juan Mata has now scored or assisted 16 Premier League goals this season, only Robin van Persie (23) and Luis Suarez (19) have more. Chelsea recorded only their second home league win in their last eight efforts in beating Arsenal. "In the games we didn't win we deserved to win. It was just a matter of time until we had a performance like this." Chelsea dominated the first half, with a Juan Mata strike and a Frank Lampard penalty putting them 2-0 up. Theo Walcott pulled one back for Arsenal but Chelsea held on for the three points. "That was good for the fans to see the first half," said Benitez. "We were on top and controlling the game. "In the second half Arsenal came pushing but we should have had the game won by half time. We should have taken more chances and we deserved even more goals." Arsenal had complaints over a foul by Chelsea midfielder Ramires in the build-up to the opening goal. But Benitez said: "We could spend half an hour talking about incidents in the game, but we deserved to win against a good team. "I'm pleased because the team has been doing well at home but not winning. We knew this was close because the team has been creating chances in every game. "In the second half, we didn't have too many options. We changed players trying to bring on fresh legs, but it was still very close. "We did a fantastic job. We had to stick together at the end and try to defend."