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

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94mins

The referee blows for the end of the match.

94mins

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

92mins

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

92mins

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

91mins

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

91mins

Theo Walcott produces a cross.

91mins

Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.

90mins

Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.

89mins

Clearance by Mikel Arteta.

89mins

Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

87mins

David Luiz replaces Fernando Torres.

87mins

Clearance made by Gary Cahill.

87mins

Clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.

86mins

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

85mins

Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross.

83mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Emboaba Oscar.

83mins

Kieran Gibbs sends in a cross.

83mins

Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

82mins

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

82mins

The ball is delivered by Aaron Ramsey.

82mins

Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.

80mins

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

79mins

Kieran Gibbs manages to make a clearance.

79mins

Kieran Gibbs makes a clearance.

78mins

Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.

77mins

Emboaba Oscar on for da Silva Willian.

76mins

Clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.

74mins

Clearance by Nascimento Ramires.

73mins

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

73mins

Centre by Bacary Sagna.

72mins

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

71mins

Header by John Terry misses left.

71mins

Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.

69mins

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

69mins

Header at goal by Theo Walcott goes over the bar.

69mins

The ball is swung over by Kieran Gibbs.

68mins

Mikel makes a clearance.

66mins

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

66mins

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

65mins

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

65mins

Free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.

64mins

The offside flag is raised against Theo Walcott.

63mins

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

62mins

Clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

62mins

Cesar Azpilicueta takes the free kick.

62mins

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

60mins

Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.

59mins

Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

58mins

Clearance made by John Terry.

56mins

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

54mins

Clearance made by Cesar Azpilicueta.

52mins

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

51mins

Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.

51mins

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

50mins

Kieran Gibbs takes the free kick.

50mins

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

49mins

Clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

49mins

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

48mins

Olivier Giroud delivers the ball.

44mins

The referee gets the second half underway.

44mins

The ref blows to signal half-time.

44mins

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

44mins

Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.

43mins

Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

42mins

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

41mins

Cesar Azpilicueta restarts play with the free kick.

40mins

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

38mins

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

38mins

Clearance by Mikel Arteta.

36mins

Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

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

35mins

Centre by da Silva Willian.

34mins

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

33mins

Clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

32mins

Clearance made by Bacary Sagna.

32mins

Shot by Nascimento Ramires. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.

32mins

Frank Lampard takes a shot and bounced off the bar.

31mins

Cesar Azpilicueta restarts play with the free kick.

31mins

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

29mins

The ball is crossed by Cesar Azpilicueta.

28mins

Clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.

27mins

Da Silva Willian crosses the ball.

25mins

Fernando Torres makes a clearance.

25mins

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna.

24mins

Mesut Ozil restarts play with the free kick.

23mins

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

22mins

Clearance by Per Mertesacker.

21mins

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

21mins

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

21mins

Nascimento Ramires delivers the ball.

19mins

A cross is delivered by Kieran Gibbs.

18mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron Ramsey.

18mins

John Terry makes a clearance.

17mins

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

16mins

Cesar Azpilicueta makes a clearance.

14mins

Clearance made by Per Mertesacker.

12mins

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

12mins

Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

11mins

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

11mins

The ball is swung over by Nascimento Ramires.

10mins

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

9mins

Corner taken by Theo Walcott.

9mins

Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

9mins

Kieran Gibbs crosses the ball.

6mins

Cesar Azpilicueta is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

6mins

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

6mins

Clearance by Thomas Vermaelen.

3mins

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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