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  • Date:23 Dec 2013
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,039
Goal!

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The referee blows for the end of the match.

93:02 +3.02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Frank Lampard.

91:52 +1.52

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from David Luiz. Olivier Giroud gets a block in.

91:05 +1.05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bacary Sagna on Nascimento Ramires.

90:22 +0.22

Headed chance falls to Bacary Sagna. Blocked by Cesar Azpilicueta.

90:02 +0.02

Theo Walcott produces a cross.

90:02 +0.02

Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.

89:59

Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.

88:37

Clearance by Mikel Arteta.

88:24

Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

86:54

David Luiz replaces Fernando Torres.

86:27

Clearance made by Gary Cahill.

86:15

Clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.

85:01

Corner from the left by-line taken by Theo Walcott.

84:35

Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross.

82:55

The assistant referee signals for offside against Emboaba Oscar.

82:18

Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross.

82:13

Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

81:44

Mikel Arteta fouled by Nascimento Ramires, the ref awards a free kick.

81:31

The ball is delivered by Aaron Ramsey.

81:16

Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.

79:54

Andre Schurrle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna.

78:46

Kieran Gibbs manages to make a clearance.

78:41

Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.

77:56

Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.

76:35

Emboaba Oscar on for da Silva Willian.

75:31

Clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

73:15

Clearance by Nascimento Ramires.

72:58

(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Andre Schurrle coming on for Eden Hazard.

72:10

Centre by Bacary Sagna.

71:22

Cesar Azpilicueta concedes a free kick for a foul on Olivier Giroud.

70:07

Header by John Terry misses left.

70:05

Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

68:48

Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on Branislav Ivanovic.

68:08

Header at goal by Theo Walcott goes over the bar.

68:05

The ball is swung over by Kieran Gibbs.

67:56

Mikel makes a clearance.

65:50

Frank Lampard takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.

65:21

Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.

64:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Walcott on Cesar Azpilicueta.

64:22

Free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.

63:59

The offside flag is raised against Theo Walcott.

62:01

Nascimento Ramires challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick.

61:54

Clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

61:53

Cesar Azpilicueta takes the free kick.

61:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Walcott on Eden Hazard.

59:07

Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.

58:29

Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

57:41

Clearance made by John Terry.

55:43

Shot by Fernando Torres went wide of the left-hand upright.

53:50

Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.

51:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Eden Hazard.

50:33

Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.

50:18

Shot by Tomas Rosicky. John Terry gets a block in.

49:40

Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

49:34

Da Silva Willian challenges Kieran Gibbs unfairly and gives away a free kick.

48:17

Clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

48:13

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the left by-line.

47:53

Olivier Giroud delivers the ball.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

43:44

Da Silva Willian takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny safely holds on.

43:23

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

42:51

Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

41:14

Corner taken by Theo Walcott from the left by-line.

40:27

Cesar Azpilicueta restarts play with the free kick.

39:49

Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Cesar Azpilicueta, free kick awarded.

37:56

Corner taken by da Silva Willian from the left by-line.

37:23

Clearance by Mikel Arteta.

35:19

Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

34:24

Tomas Rosicky fouled by Gary Cahill, the ref awards a free kick.

34:14

Centre by da Silva Willian.

33:40

Shot by Fernando Torres. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.

32:51

Clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

31:54

Clearance made by Bacary Sagna.

31:52

Shot by Nascimento Ramires. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.

31:45

Frank Lampard takes a shot and bounced off the bar.

30:39

Cesar Azpilicueta restarts play with the free kick.

30:13

Unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Aaron Ramsey results in a free kick.

28:49

The ball is crossed by Cesar Azpilicueta.

27:34

Clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.

26:31

Da Silva Willian crosses the ball.

24:48

Fernando Torres makes a clearance.

24:07

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna.

23:09

Mesut Ozil restarts play with the free kick.

22:28

Frank Lampard challenges Mesut Ozil unfairly and gives away a free kick.

21:04

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

20:34

Gary Cahill challenges Wojciech Szczesny unfairly and gives away a free kick.

20:30

Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line.

20:06

Nascimento Ramires delivers the ball.

18:49

A cross is delivered by Kieran Gibbs.

17:23

The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron Ramsey.

17:06

John Terry makes a clearance.

16:03

Tomas Rosicky gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires.

15:51

Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.

13:49

Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

11:36

Frank Lampard concedes a free kick for a foul on Bacary Sagna.

11:21

Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

10:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Cesar Azpilicueta.

10:38

The ball is swung over by Nascimento Ramires.

9:39

Foul by Fernando Torres on Per Mertesacker, free kick awarded.

8:45

Corner taken by Theo Walcott.

8:04

Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

8:03

Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball.

5:24

Cesar Azpilicueta is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

5:20

Frank Lampard takes a weak shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

5:05

Clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.

2:14

Corner taken by Frank Lampard.

The referee starts the match.

Match Preview

Szczesny feels benefits of axing Wojciech Szczesny feels being dropped last season may have helped him get back on course to cement his place as Arsenal's number one goalkeeper. The Poland international has kept 11 clean sheets this season for the Gunners, but could not do much as Manchester City romped to a 6-3 win at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.

Szczesny will be out to help Arsene Wenger's side recover what had been the best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League when they host Chelsea on Monday night, in a match which could see Arsenal return to the top of the table. The 6ft 5ins Pole has certainly produced some consistent displays this season, which has seen calls for Wenger to bring in an experienced goalkeeper fade away.

Szczesny, 23, believes being taken out of the firing line by the Arsenal manager for the Champions League last 16 second-leg tie away to Bayern Munich in March helped him regain some focus to return to top form heading into 2014. "It is hard to tell (because) I don't know what it would have been like if I wasn't dropped, but looking at my own performances now it must have been a good decision from the manager because I feel better, I feel sharper and more confident in myself," Szczesny said in the January edition of the official Arsenal magazine. "That little break away from the pressure meant that I could focus on my training to come back sharper, and so far it has worked out pretty well.

"I think I am very consistent now, I am a little bit more mature and the back four are helping me out as well, so I would say it is the most consistent run of my career - but there is still a lot of room for improvement. "The experience I have had of playing 130-odd games for one of the biggest clubs in the world gives you that maturity and calmness. "It probably makes a big difference in my performances as well. "Maybe it comes with maturity but I do feel more focused during games." Arsenal will be without midfielder Jack Wilshere, who starts a two-match suspension.

Centre-half Laurent Koscielny is a major doubt after suffering a gash to his knee in the defeat at Manchester City, but German forward Lukas Podolski is available again after three months out with a hamstring injury. Jose Mourinho may have downplayed the significance of Chelsea's defeat of Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, but Fernando Torres and Juan Mata will take confidence from the victory into the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Two days after Torres' late goal gave Chelsea victory over Manchester City in the Premier League, a Blues side showing 10 changes claimed a 2-0 win at Arsenal to advance in the League Cup with a sixth win from six games in October. Now out of that competition following the midweek loss at Sunderland, Chelsea's immediate focus is on the championship and claiming a third successive win at Arsenal following last season's Premier League triumph. Torres, who netted in the September 2012 win, said on chelseafc.com: "We know how important it is for us. It's a chance to overtake them in the table and we know how important that is for the fans. "We're playing Arsenal, and it's a huge game for both sets of fans. "We've beaten them once this season in the Capital One Cup at the Emirates, so we know what we need to do to win there.

"We just have to ensure we prepare for the game the best we can, and I'm sure we can go and do it." A win in the first of four games in 10 days would take Chelsea above the Gunners and level in first place with a Liverpool side which visits Stamford Bridge on December 29. Mata was on target in last season's Premier League win over Arsenal and in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, when he was out of favour. The Spaniard, who is still to claim a regular starting place, told Chelsea TV: "They are playing really well at the Emirates, but we won there in the Capital One Cup this season. "We'll try to play great football like we did that game and we'll try to get the three points to get to the top of the table. "It's a team I enjoy playing against. They are a team that play with the ball and in a way they let you play with the ball as well. "I've been lucky against them. I scored at Stamford Bridge twice in two games, I scored at the Emirates twice."

There will be familiar opposition facing Torres and Mata, if the pair are selected, with Spaniards Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal and Mikel Arteta in the Gunners squad. "They are my friends," Mata added. "Santi is an amazing player, he can play with both feet. Nacho is a very consistent left-back and Mikel is one of the most important players in the team because he's the centre of their football. "In the midfield they have a lot of players that can play with quality. We will have to be careful with them." Mourinho has an unbeaten record against Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

In eight meetings of Mourinho's first spell, the Portuguese won four times and drew four, while the Capital One Cup success enhanced his record. The self-proclaimed Special One insisted the record was not relevant heading into the contest in which England left-back Ashley Cole is to be left "on the bench or at home". The defender, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal in controversial circumstances in August 2006, attended his former club's Christmas party last week and was already out of favour, having not played a Premier League game since November 2 at Newcastle.

Cesar Azpilicueta is preferred, with Branislav Ivanovic back following suspension. Captain John Terry is to be joined in central defence by Gary Cahill or David Luiz.

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 433Manager: Jose Mourinho

Chelsea

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Theo Walcott
  • Mesut Ozil
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Olivier Giroud
  • SUBS
  • Lukas Podolski
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Santi Cazorla
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • Carl Jenkinson

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Match Report

Form Guide

    LWWWDL
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Chelsea
  • DWWWLW

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 20/01/2013
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 29/09/2012
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 0
  • Chelsea
  • 21/04/2012
  • Chelsea
  • 3 - 5
  • Arsenal
  • 29/10/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 1
  • Chelsea
  • 27/12/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • Arsenal
  • 03/10/2010

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • A Ramsey 8
  • O Giroud 6
  • M Ozil 4
  • P Mertesacker 2
  • L Podolski 2
  • T Walcott 2
  • J Wilshere 2
  • B Sagna 1
  • SG Cazorla 1
  • M Flamini 1
  • N Bendtner 1
  • S Gnabry 1

Chelsea

  • E Hazard 5
  • Ed Oscar 5
  • F Lampard 3
  • A Schurrle 3
  • J Terry 2
  • S Eto'o 2
  • FJ Torres 2
  • G Cahill 1
  • B Ivanovic 1
  • B Mikel 1
  • dB Willian 1
  • D Ba 1
  • NS Ramires 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 50
    • Goals per game 33
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Chelsea

    • Total goals 49
    • Goals per game 32
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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