Swing low.Theo Walcott celebrates his goal against Chelsea
The Gunners finally ended their hoodoo against the Blues with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium which boosted their championship challenge and left Carlo Ancelotti's out-of-form side down in fourth place.
There has been, though, little time for Arsenal to revel in a first win over Chelsea in six attempts as they head up to the north-west for tomorrow night's clash at the DW Stadium, where they will be without captain Cesc Fabregas after he collected a fifth booking.
'We can't dwell on this result. We could be disappointed if we win against Chelsea and then lose at Wigan,' said Walcott, who helped create Arsenal's second goal just after the break and then netted a quick-fire third to put the hosts in command.
'All the fans, you could sense the atmosphere, the fans were right up for it, just like the players were and we just didn't let Chelsea play.
'We were ready and wanted to do it for our fans because in recent years we let them down in these big matches and we just need to build on that now.'
While Chelsea may not have presented the same challenge as in previous meetings, Arsenal nevertheless were good value for what could prove to be a big three points.
Alex Song swept them ahead just before half-time, before Walcott and Fabregas capitalised on some poor Chelsea defending to put the game beyond the visitors.England international Walcott was glad to finally see Arsenal come good when it mattered.
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'It was nice to see an Arsenal team actually do everything right and hopefully we will just continue to do that,' he said.
'All 11 players defensively were pressing at the right moments and we made Chelsea look quite average at times, but they are such a strong team and will be right at the top come the end of the season.'
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