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  • Date:21 Apr 2012
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,111
Goal!

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94:34 +4.34

Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Vassiriki Diaby gets a block in.

94:25 +4.25

Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Aaron Ramsey makes a clearance.

93:29 +3.29

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Blocked by Mikel.

91:05 +1.05

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

90:28 +0.28

The assistant referee flags for offside against Robin van Persie. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

90:07 +0.07

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance by Michael Essien.

88:47

Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left of the target.

87:24

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Juan Mata, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

85:57

Corner taken by Clarindo Andre Santos from the left by-line, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

85:41

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.

83:02

The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.

82:21

Effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the right of the target.

80:46

Foul by Ashley Cole on Alex Song, free kick awarded. The referee books Ashley Cole for unsporting behaviour. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

76:54

Mikel challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mikel manages to make a clearance.

75:45

Vassiriki Diaby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Vassiriki Diaby is booked. Ashley Cole comes on in place of Ryan Bertrand. Juan Mata takes the free kick.

75:16

The official flags Juan Mata offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

74:52

Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

74:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Bacary Sagna. Florent Malouda restarts play with the free kick.

73:06

Salomon Kalou leaves the field to be replaced by Juan Mata.

72:55

A cross is delivered by Vassiriki Diaby, save by Petr Cech.

71:40

Jose Bosingwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clarindo Andre Santos. Jose Bosingwa goes into the referee's book. Clarindo Andre Santos restarts play with the free kick.

70:28

Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Michael Essien gets a block in.

69:44

Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Salomon Kalou results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

68:40

Yao Gervinho is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Clarindo Andre Santos comes on in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. John Terry takes the free kick.

68:05

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

66:53

Robin van Persie takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

66:32

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

66:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Florent Malouda. Free kick taken by Florent Malouda.

65:33

(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Mikel coming on for Oriol Romeu.

63:44

(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Vassiriki Diaby coming on for Tomas Rosicky.

62:29

Gary Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. Robin van Persie produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

62:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Yao Gervinho on Ryan Bertrand. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

59:45

Yao Gervinho on for Theo Walcott.

58:54

The ball is swung over by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

58:22

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes a inswinging corner.

57:42

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

55:05

The referee blows for offside against Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

53:34

Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Gary Cahill receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

50:31

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

49:16

Robin van Persie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Booking for Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.

48:16

Robin van Persie fouled by Florent Malouda, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Florent Malouda for unsporting behaviour. Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Oriol Romeu makes a clearance.

47:24

Alex Song challenges Florent Malouda unfairly and gives away a free kick. Florent Malouda takes the free kick.

46:51 +1.51

Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

46:30

Fernando Torres produces a cross, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

46:15 +1.15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Daniel Sturridge. Free kick crossed right-footed by Theo Walcott, clearance by John Terry.

46:02 +1.02

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.

45:14 +0.14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin van Persie on Gary Cahill. Free kick taken by Oriol Romeu.

43:56

Florent Malouda fouled by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

43:26

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, save made by Petr Cech.

43:11

Alex Song crosses the ball, Robin van Persie has a drilled shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

42:03

Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by John Terry from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

40:26

Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Robin van Persie sends in a cross, Laurent Koscielny takes a shot.

39:44

The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

38:50

Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Salomon Kalou manages to make a clearance.

35:50

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jose Bosingwa makes a clearance.

34:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by John Terry. Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie, John Terry manages to make a clearance.

29:14

Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick. The referee cautions Tomas Rosicky for unsporting behaviour.

26:18

Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, Header by John Terry from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

25:47

Long distance shot from Florent Malouda misses to the left of the target.

24:56

Shot from deep inside the area by Gary Cahill clears the crossbar.

24:35

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Song.

23:47

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Gary Cahill takes a shot.

22:53

Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda to the near post, Fernando Torres takes a shot. Robin van Persie gets a block in.

20:57

John Terry fouled by Thomas Vermaelen, the ref awards a free kick. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

18:15

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

16:50

Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

16:25

The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres, save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

15:51

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Petr Cech makes a save.

12:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Essien on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie takes a shot from close in that hits the post.

9:58

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

8:28

Robin van Persie is caught offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

4:54

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

2:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Fernando Torres. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Wenger not content with third Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal cannot be content with just third place in the Barclays Premier League, but urged his squad to finish a testing campaign on a high. The Gunners host Chelsea on Saturday aiming to recover quickly from a lacklustre 2-1 home defeat by Wigan on Monday night to keep themselves on track for automatic qualification. Arsenal hold a five-point lead over rivals Tottenham and Newcastle heading into this weekend's fixtures, while they are seven in front of the Blues, but having played a match more. Just to be in this position is something of an achievement within itself, considering Arsenal's appalling start to the domestic campaign which saw them lose four of their first seven games and slip down as low as 17th. However, the fact the Gunners are not now fighting for the championship itself will continue to rest uneasy with the Frenchman, whose side last lifted a trophy in 2005. Wenger said: "We want more, but where we are at the moment we will be happy with third place because there are great teams who would be very happy if they got there. "You always want more, but you see that the competition in England is difficult - Chelsea are now in the Champions League [semi-final] against Barcelona, but they are sixth at the moment, that means it is not easy. "We want to win our next game and that is the only way we can secure our [Champions League] qualification. "We have done remarkably well in the last two months and we want to take advantage of that run we have created and show that tomorrow." Arsenal have won nine of their last 11 Premier League games to force themselves back into the top four. Wenger feels ending the campaign with a similar run of form can only boost confidence for the challenges ahead in 2012/2013. "We feel that as a team we have improved during the season and it is important now to finish in a strong way. That gives us confidence to do well at the start of next season," he said. "We played the first seven games and lost four. It is difficult after to win the championship." Already without Jack Wilshere, Arsenal have seen their midfield options depleted further by the ankle injury to Mikel Arteta against Wigan. On-loan Yossi Benayoun will not be able to face his parent club tomorrow, but Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin return from injury. Wenger said: "It is not ideal but we cannot complain, we have to overcome that. "You always expect in April that not everybody will be on board and our game is based on collective play. "That is why we have to focus on our team play and not think about who is here or not here." Roberto Di Matteo today insisted there was no need to "have a word" with Didier Drogba about his antics in Chelsea's Champions League win over Barcelona. Caretaker Blues boss Di Matteo revealed Drogba picked up a genuine injury in Wednesday night's semi-final first leg that has left him in a race against time to be fit for Tuesday's return match. Drogba was hailed and castigated in almost equal measure after his Jekyll-and-Hyde performance in midweek that saw him score the winner but also roll around theatrically several times after being challenged. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson revealed on Thursday he had "had a word" with Ashley Young about the winger's own tendency to go down easily, but suggested what went on at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday was much worse. Asked if he would have a similar conversation with Drogba, Di Matteo said: "No, because I don't see any reason why I should have a conversation like that. "Our players, I think, are fair players. Everybody has his own style but I think we are a fair team." Drogba was accused of trying to run down the clock on Wednesday and former referee Graham Poll has warned the officials on Tuesday night may have that in mind. Di Matteo said: "He was marked most of time by two men and I think got a lot of physical battering as well on the night. "We have to be objective about our opinions as well." Confirming Drogba suffered a knee injury on Wednesday and would miss the trip to Arsenal - a match he probably would have been rested for anyway - Di Matteo admitted he did not know whether the 34-year-old would be back for the trip to the Nou Camp. "We have to assess him tomorrow and Sunday and how he recovers," he said. "He got pushed and kicked around quite a lot in the game on Wednesday."

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 433Manager: Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Alex Song
  • Theo Walcott
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Vassiriki Diaby
  • Clarindo Andre Santos
  • Johan Djourou
  • Yao Gervinho
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Francis Coquelin

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Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 3 - 5
  • Arsenal
  • 29/10/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 27/12/2010
  • 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

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 25
  • T Walcott 8
  • M Arteta 6
  • T Vermaelen 6
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • Y Benayoun 2
  • A Ramsey 2
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 2
  • T Rosicky 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • K Gibbs 1

Chelsea

  • D Sturridge 10
  • F Lampard 8
  • JM Mata 6
  • J Terry 4
  • D Drogba 4
  • DN Ramires 4
  • FJ Torres 3
  • B Ivanovic 3
  • D Luiz 2
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • RJ Meireles 1
  • S Kalou 1
  • G Cahill 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 110
    • Goals per game 67
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 8 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 9 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 8 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 14 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Chelsea

    • Total goals 99
    • Goals per game 56
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 15 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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