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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta by Olivier Giroud. Free kick taken by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Header from deep inside the penalty area by Olivier Giroud goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Marko Marin.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line, save made by Petr Cech.
Inswinging corner taken by Jack Wilshere, Nascimento Ramires makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere, save by Petr Cech.
Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Blocked by Bacary Sagna. Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Demba Ba by Aaron Ramsey. Juan Mata takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Cole challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Cole receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Thomas Vermaelen produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Marko Marin replaces Eden Hazard.
Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Santi Cazorla. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jack Wilshere from right wing, clearance by Ashley Cole.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Cole.
Fernando Torres leaves the field to be replaced by Demba Ba.
The official flags Juan Mata offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.
Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Nascimento Ramires results in a free kick. Andrey Arshavin on for Vassiriki Diaby. Free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs.
Jack Wilshere challenges Cesar Azpilicueta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Ryan Bertrand is brought on as a substitute for Emboaba Oscar. Corner from the right by-line taken by Juan Mata, clearance made by Olivier Giroud. Nascimento Ramires takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save. The offside flag is raised against Juan Mata. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
Theo Walcott fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Juan Mata goes into the book. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Santi Cazorla, Frank Lampard gets a block in. Jack Wilshere takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Frank Lampard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Torres on Aaron Ramsey. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Foul by Bacary Sagna on Frank Lampard, free kick awarded. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Gibbs on Eden Hazard. Juan Mata takes the free kick.
Theo Walcott has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Aaron Ramsey on for Francis Coquelin.
Goal scored by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Santi Cazorla.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Kieran Gibbs gets a block in.
Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
The referee blows for offside against Olivier Giroud. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
Eden Hazard challenges Santi Cazorla unfairly and gives away a free kick. Per Mertesacker takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Foul by Ashley Cole on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jack Wilshere. Per Mertesacker takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Foul by Nascimento Ramires on Francis Coquelin, free kick awarded. Jack Wilshere takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Jack Wilshere challenges Nascimento Ramires unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Juan Mata. Effort from deep inside the area by Fernando Torres misses to the right of the target.
Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Olivier Giroud.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Theo Walcott. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francis Coquelin by Fernando Torres. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Emboaba Oscar. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.
Nascimento Ramires produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
The official flags Emboaba Oscar offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Emboaba Oscar. Free kick taken by Emboaba Oscar.
Foul by Francis Coquelin on Eden Hazard, free kick awarded. Juan Mata crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Inswinging corner taken by Theo Walcott from the left by-line, save by Petr Cech.
Eden Hazard takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.
Foul by Bacary Sagna on Emboaba Oscar, free kick awarded. Emboaba Oscar takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Theo Walcott, save made by Petr Cech.
Wojciech Szczesny gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Nascimento Ramires. The referee shows Wojciech Szczesny a yellow card. Penalty taken right-footed by Frank Lampard and scored. Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Nascimento Ramires.
Emboaba Oscar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Eden Hazard takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Inswinging corner taken by Juan Mata from the right by-line, clearance made by Per Mertesacker. Frank Lampard is ruled offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Theo Walcott from the left by-line, Petr Cech makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jack Wilshere.
Juan Mata finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Cesar Azpilicueta.
Effort from inside the area by Olivier Giroud misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fernando Torres by Per Mertesacker. Centre by Frank Lampard, Branislav Ivanovic produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Frank Lampard goes wide right of the target.
Benitez urges Blues defence to tighten up
Rafael Benitez has told Chelsea they cannot afford any more lapses in concentration at the back if they are to record a much-needed win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Should Chelsea's woeful home form continue, they could end up missing out on Champions League football for the first time since Roman Abramovich took over the club 10 years ago.
Chelsea suffered their latest bout of Stamford Bridge sickness on Wednesday when Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon breached the home defence, allowing Southampton to come from two goals down and claim a 2-2 draw.
Seven days earlier it was Branislav Ivanovic who was at fault, the Serbian gifting Swansea a 2-0 victory after two sloppy passes.
Chelsea captain John Terry could make his first start since November. Terry, who came off the bench at Stoke last weekend, will have a test on his knee injury before interim boss Benitez decides whether to start the defender.
"The team are scoring a lot of goals, as we expect them to, but we have to manage this advantage in a better way," Benitez said.
"We have to be more clinical.
"We have to defend as a unit, as a team, be more compact and not give them any hope they can score."
Arsenal put in one of the most memorable performances of last season at Stamford Bridge, coming from behind to register a 5-3 victory thanks to a superb hat-trick from Robin van Persie.
Arsene Wenger can no longer rely on the Dutchman's goalscoring talents, of course, but with Jack Wilshere back in the side, and the addition of midfield marvel Santi Cazorla, the Gunners are still more than capable of claiming victory at Stamford Bridge.
Benitez would be forgiven for wishing his team were up against weaker opposition, but he is relishing the chance to bounce back from the Southampton draw and extend the eight-point lead they have over their neighbours.
He said: "It's always important when you have a draw at home to have a big challenge ahead of you.
"To have Arsenal is a very good thing for me and the players.
"They are a rival who are close to us. We have to use that as a positive.
"They are close (in the league) and if we win there'll be a big difference."
Nigeria duo John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are at the African Nations Cup while long-term absentee Oriol Romeu (knee) remains sidelined.
Arsenal will have defender Laurent Koscielny back from a one-match suspension however injured midfield duo Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky (both calf) remain sidelined. Forward Gervinho is away at the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.
Gunners boss Wenger admits he has every sympathy for Benitez - but maintains his team will be fully focused to increase the pressure on the Chelsea interim manager with victory.
Benitez was again given a tough time by sections of the Stamford Bridge faithful on Wednesday night against Southampton and should Arsenal look like emulating last season's 5-3 success, then the Spanish coach could well be in for another hot reception from the Shed End.
Wenger, though, insists when they head to the dugout, all coaches have the same agenda.
"I feel sympathy for every manager until the day I play against him. Then the sympathy goes and comes back after the game - not always straight after the game, sometimes it is some time later. We are all in the same position," said the Gunners boss, himself not immune from criticism from the Arsenal fans this season.
"We know we are in a fragile job and that the confidence is very important, but it is a job where you have to take care of your own team."
Neither side can really afford another defeat if they are to fulfil their ambitions of staying in the race to secure Champions League football again.
Given little margin for further error, Sunday's showdown could well turn out to be a cagey affair.
Wenger, however, is expecting an open encounter.
"Both teams have attacking styles. Chelsea is today a team who has many good attacking players so it should be a game with goal chances," he said.
"We will not change our style too much, so we will try to attack and try to create chances."
Wenger will be able to face Chelsea secure in the knowledge Theo Walcott's contract issue is settled after the forward signed a extension to his current deal.
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