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  • Date:27 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,112
  • Song (43) Fabregas (50)
    Walcott (52)
  • Ivanovic (56)
Goal!

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95mins

The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

91mins

The referee blows for offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the indirect free kick.

90mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Blocked by Johan Djourou.

90mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Djourou on Didier Drogba. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.

88mins

Francesc Fabregas leaves the field to be replaced by Tomas Rosicky. Marouane Chamakh challenges John Terry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

87mins

Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Lukasz Fabianski.

85mins

Jack Wilshere is caught offside. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

83mins

Alex Song challenges Frank Lampard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Didier Drogba produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

81mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Ramires goes wide of the left-hand upright.

80mins

Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Frank Lampard gets a block in.

80mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Salomon Kalou. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.

76mins

Robin van Persie leaves the field to be replaced by Marouane Chamakh.

76mins

Gael Kakuta has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

75mins

Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, Vassiriki Diaby manages to make a clearance.

73mins

Theo Walcott leaves the field to be replaced by Vassiriki Diaby. Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.

70mins

The referee blows for offside against Didier Drogba. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

69mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

68mins

Francesc Fabregas is booked. Foul by Francesc Fabregas on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Didier Drogba.

66mins

Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

64mins

Alex Song takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

64mins

Long range shot by Jose Bosingwa goes wide right of the net.

64mins

Corner taken by Didier Drogba played to the near post, Alex Song makes a clearance.

63mins

Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

61mins

Jose Bosingwa replaces Paulo Ferreira.

59mins

Frank Lampard receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Frank Lampard concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

58mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Lampard on Francesc Fabregas. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

57mins

Branislav Ivanovic finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea.Gael Kakuta fouled by Theo Walcott, the ref awards a free kick. Assist by Didier Drogba.

56mins

Francesc Fabregas challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.

56mins

Gael Kakuta comes on in place of Florent Malouda.

55mins

Header from deep inside the area by Frank Lampard goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

54mins

Theo Walcott challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Florent Malouda.

53mins

Theo Walcott gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea.Assist by Francesc Fabregas.

51mins

A goal is scored by Francesc Fabregas from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea.Theo Walcott provided the assist for the goal.

49mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, save made by Petr Cech.

49mins

Foul by Ramires on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

47mins

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.

46mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, clearance by Johan Djourou.

46mins

Jack Wilshere gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Frank Lampard. Florent Malouda takes the free kick.

46mins

Ramires on for Mikel.

44mins

A goal is scored by Alex Song from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea.Francesc Fabregas provided the assist for the goal.

44mins

Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Michael Essien results in a free kick. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, save by Petr Cech.

41mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

40mins

Shot by Bacary Sagna. Blocked by Didier Drogba.

40mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie played to the near post, clearance by Didier Drogba.

39mins

Caution for Salomon Kalou. Salomon Kalou concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Clichy. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

37mins

The offside flag is raised against Salomon Kalou. Laurent Koscielny takes the direct free kick.

37mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

37mins

Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

35mins

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

33mins

Robin van Persie receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mikel fouled by Robin van Persie, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

31mins

Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Robin van Persie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

29mins

Salomon Kalou challenges Alex Song unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from left wing, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.

29mins

Booking for Ashley Cole for dissent. Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie from right by-line, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

26mins

Foul by Frank Lampard on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Johan Djourou.

24mins

Florent Malouda is caught offside. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Theo Walcott. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.

23mins

The referee blows for offside against Branislav Ivanovic. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

22mins

Gael Clichy challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Florent Malouda.

22mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.

21mins

The referee gives a free kick against Michael Essien for handball. Free kick taken by Robin van Persie.

20mins

The official flags Didier Drogba offside. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

19mins

Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

17mins

Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Florent Malouda results in a free kick. Robin van Persie takes the direct free kick.

17mins

Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Clichy. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

16mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.

16mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Blocked by Johan Djourou.

15mins

Gael Clichy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

13mins

John Terry challenges Robin van Persie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

10mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.

8mins

Effort from the edge of the area by Didier Drogba goes wide of the left-hand upright.

5mins

Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.

4mins

The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

2mins

Salomon Kalou challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.

1mins

Foul by Bacary Sagna on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.

The match gets underway.

The whistle is blown to end the first half.

The referee starts the second half.

The match has reached full-time.

Match Preview

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits Marouane Chamakh's form has suffered due to a heavy workload.

Chamakh made a strong start to his debut season in the Barclays Premier League, but his influence has waned in recent weeks.

The 27-year-old free transfer from Bordeaux has failed to hit the target in his last three matches and Wenger must decide whether to rest him against Chelsea on Monday night.

With Robin van Persie ready to start and Nicklas Bendtner also available, Wenger has options should he decide Chamakh needs a break.

"Marouane has given a lot. He has played a lot on his own up front. He is a bit tired at the moment," Wenger said.

"He's used to having a winter break in France at this stage of the season. He has played nearly every game since the start of the season. He feels that he had a little dip physically, but he's working very hard in training to come back."

Arsenal have lost their last five matches against Chelsea, conceding 13 goals in the process. The Premier League trophy has resided at Stamford Bridge three times since the Gunners last won the title in 2004 and Chelsea are the reigning champions.

But Wenger insists they can hold can hold their heads high against their London rivals, who sit two places lower in the table in fourth spot.

"Let's say we look at the number of points we have and we have nothing to envy," Wenger added.

"We just need to get over that hurdle of winning a trophy. As long as the team has not won one trophy, people wonder: 'Can we win?'.

"It's a mental thing. We have the quality, we are maybe a bit young, but not so much now. We still have to build a new team and manage to stay at the top.

"There are a lot of teams who would be happy where we are, but we want more and that's our purpose this season. Our target is to deliver and respond to the demands that people have."

John Terry has warned that Chelsea are ready to inflict another home humiliation on Arsenal. The Barclays Premier League champions crushed the Gunners 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium last season and 4-1 in the previous campaign.

Last November's victory was widely described as "men against boys" and although Chelsea go into tomorrow's game on their worst run of league form for a decade, captain Terry believes a repeat performance is on the cards.

"We think we can go there and do what we did last year," he told his club's official website, www.chelseafc.com.

"If we're not thinking that, we shouldn't be playing."

Chelsea have won only one of their last seven league games and have not tasted victory in any competition for more than a month.

That was partly because of the postponement of last Sunday's home clash with Manchester United, who the Blues could find themselves six points behind when they take to the field on Monday.

Terry added: "Everyone is in the right frame of mind; it will be two weeks by the time the game comes around since we've played.

"We're raring to go and want to get off to a flying start."

Chelsea's miserable run has seen them slip from top spot to fourth in the table, a point behind Monday's opponents. They have only found the net four times and kept just one clean sheet in that period, which coincided with injuries to key men Terry, Frank Lampard and Michael Essien.

But all their star names are back for Monday's game against a side who have scored plenty of goals but have been unable to keep them out at the other end.

Terry said: "Defensively they've conceded goals, and with our strikeforce and the threat we pose opposition sides all the time, one goal and a bit of confidence and everything is looking bright for us again.

"It just takes that one thing to set it off, and hopefully a goal away at Arsenal will do that, and we want to get back to keeping clean sheets."

However, manager Carlo Ancelotti does not believe Chelsea will find winning at the Emirates as easy as they did last term.

"I think Arsenal changed a little bit compared to last season," he said. They've improved their experience. "I think that it could be a different game compared to last season."

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Johan Djourou
  • Gael Clichy
  • Alex Song
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Theo Walcott
  • Robin van Persie
  • Samir Nasri
  • SUBS
  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Vassiriki Diaby
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Sebastien Squillaci
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

Gunners end Chelsea hoodoo Arsenal moved back to second place in the Barclays Premier League after finally beating title rivals Chelsea for the first time since November 2008 with a 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners had lost each of their previous five matches against Chelsea, but Alex Song put them ahead before half-time, with quickfire strikes from captain Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott giving Arsene Wenger's side a three-goal cushion. Chelsea reduced the deficit through Branislav Ivanovic, but there was no way back for Carlo Ancelotti's men, who have now taken just six points from their last eight league games - the club's worst run since 1998. Arsenal, beaten at Manchester United in their previous game, were positive during the opening exchanges. Robin van Persie almost collected Song's chip into the box, but the ball bounced just ahead of the Dutch striker. There was a warning with Chelsea's first meaningful attack as Didier Drogba - with 13 goals in as many games against the Gunners - shrugged off his marker to drag a 20-yard shot wide. John Terry pulled back Van Persie as the Gunners looked to break on the half-way line, but a stern talking-to from referee Mark Clattenburg was all the Chelsea skipper received. The home side continued to press, and had a penalty appeal waved away when Florent Malouda looked to have made some contact with Van Persie at the edge of the box. Nasri's 25-yard free-kick was on target, but held by Petr Cech. Walcott latched on to a long ball over the Chelsea defence, but just as he aimed to cut back into the area, his touch was poor and Terry recovered to clear. On 29 minutes, former Gunner Ashley Cole went into the referee's book for tripping Walcott as his England colleague turned him on the right touchline. Van Persie was then put through into the left by Nasri after some clever one-touch passing, the Dutchman snatched at his angled shot, which flew high and wide. Salomon Kalou was perhaps fortunate to receive only a yellow card after jumping in, studs up on Gael Clichy. Arsenal increased the tempo as half-time approached. Walcott scampered into the right side of the Chelsea penalty area and was blocked by Cech at the near post before the goalkeeper turned over Nasri's chip which was looping into the top-left corner. The Gunners finally made the breakthrough after 43 minutes. Jack Wilshere and Song exchanged passes on the edge of the area, with the Cameroon midfielder carrying the ball into the box. Paulo Ferreira slid in and tripped Fabregas, but Song had the presence of mind not to wait for a whistle and swept a low left-footed shot across goal and into the bottom right corner. Chelsea made a change at the start of the second half as the creative Brazilian Ramires replaced John Obi Mikel. Arsenal, though, had a two-goal cushion after 51 minutes. Van Persie held the ball up 30 yards out, and, as he was closed down, Michael Essien's challenge inadvertently pushed the ball straight to Walcott clean through on goal. The England winger dashed to the edge of the box, where he drew Cech before sliding the ball along to Fabregas and the Arsenal skipper made no mistake from 15 yards. Chelsea had little chance to recover, as Walcott smashed in goal number three just 90 seconds later. Walcott robbed Malouda and fed Fabregas, who repaid the favour by sending the Arsenal winger away down the right for him to slot a low shot into the bottom left corner. Ancelotti had to do something, and sent on Gael Kakuta, replacing Malouda. Chelsea snatched a lifeline after 57 minutes when Drogba's free-kick floated through to the six-yard box, where it was nodded in by Ivanovic. Given Arsenal's recent record of failing to hold on to winning positions, the visitors rallied. Chelsea made a final change when Ferreira was replaced by Jose Bosingwa. Arsenal just about weathered the storm as the contest entered the final 20 minutes. Nasri should then have done better when Kakuta's tame back-pass presented him with the ball 10 yards from goal, but Cech was out quickly to block. With 18 minutes left, Walcott was replaced by defensive midfielder Abou Diaby who made his first appearance since mid-October, before Marouane Chamakh came on for Van Persie. Diaby's close-range effort was blocked by Frank Lampard and Kakuta's bundled effort was ruled out for offside as the Gunners closed out for a long-overdue victory against their championship rivals and moved within two points of leaders Manchester United, albeit having played a game more.

Form Guide

    WWLWWL
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Chelsea
  • WLLDDD

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 03/10/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 07/02/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 3
  • Chelsea
  • 29/11/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 4
  • Chelsea
  • 10/05/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 30/11/2008
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 23/03/2008

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • M Chamakh 7
  • S Nasri 7
  • T Walcott 4
  • A Song 3
  • A Arshavin 2
  • F Fabregas 2
  • B Sagna 1
  • V Diaby 1
  • N Bendtner 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • CG Vela 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Chelsea

  • F Malouda 7
  • S Kalou 6
  • D Drogba 5
  • N Anelka 3
  • M Essien 3
  • F Lampard 1
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • R Alex 1
  • B Ivanovic 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 53
    • Goals per game 34
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Chelsea

    • Total goals 50
    • Goals per game 31
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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