Full-time - 90'
2 - 2
16:05 +00:00, December 12, 2004
Referee: G Poll
Honours even. A game in which the best football was played in the first half. But it was a deserved result. As it stands Chelsea remain five points clear of their London rivals and go four ahead of Everton.
Drogba and Campbell battle. The Arsenal man clears. And that's the last action of the game.
Van Persie lurking on to an Henry flick. Terry clears. The crowd gets excited as Pires bears down on the ball but Cech gets there first.
Flamini slides in on Robben. Arsenal still fighting hard. Stoppage time is upon us.
A spot of head tennis reflects the pattern of the second half. It's not been pretty. Almunia hacks all the way to Cech.
Pires makes a dive - he wanted a free-kick. Past sins dictate that he doesn't get it.
Almunia takes a goal kick. Pires runs the ball out. Wenger looks uncertain on the bench.
Robben misses the header completely. Arsenal clear and Chelsea have the ball back.
Arsenal are fighting hard. Chelsea rocking back a little. They need to maintain a bit of possession. They get a corner through Duff.
Flamini goes down under a tackle from Parker. Ref waves play on. Good choice too.
Arsenal playing the better stuff at the moment. A goal for them looks more likely than for Chelsea.
Fabregas gets a little time on the ball. He slides it to Van Persie but he pokes it wide. The goal was gaping.
The subs combine straight away but Terry gets the better of Van Persie.
Reyes and Bergkamp off - Clichy and Van Persie on for Arsenal.
John Terry is the target again. And he's free to head on goal. His header is nodded on and over by Drogba.
Arsenal corner won by Reyes. But it comes to naught and then Almunia flaps to give Chelsea a corner too.
Robin Van Persie is imminent. Bit more Dutch skill to add to the mix.
Scott Parker is on for Gudjohnsen. Bit more midfield ballast. Cole and Robben collide. And Cole is booked. He complains. God knows why - it was cynical.
Arsenal carve out a truly glorious chance. Fabregas and Pires link to put Henry in front of goal with an open net. Has to be a goal. Instead it's blazed over. Coming to an 'own goals and gaffes' vid near you. Tres pauvre, Thierry!
Robben on the burst cuts back in and shoots for goal. The Clock End laughs out loud as it welcomes his poor effort.
Drogba gives the ball away - he's not been the only guilty man there.
Foul by Lampard on Lauren. The Cameroon made the most of it but that was deserving of a yellow card.
Drogba offside from a chipped Bridge pass. Bridge has hardly featured in the game so far - he scored the winner in the European Cup remember.
Henry creates a chance with the outside of his boot but Chelsea clear.
This is a battle. More the Somme than the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Robben again has the ball. Nice cross in but Campbell heads away.
Robben shows true skill in cutting and weaving inside and out. His shot though is dragged into the side netting.
Corner to Arsenal now. John Terry is limping. Cech comes out to deflect for a throw.
Drogba and Campbell collide. The defender is penalised. Almunia claims the free-kick. Pires charges away and Drogba fouls him. Yellow card for the man from the Ivory Coast.
Robben and Duff link well. But then Gallas' ball down the channel is to nobody.
Terry cuts off a through ball from Reyes to Henry. Cech completes the clearance.
Drogba got the ball but then fouled. Arsenal breathe a sigh of relief.
Corner to Chelsea - more problems for Arsenal?
Henry cuts in from the left but can't get a shot on goal. In fact Ashley Cole deflects the ball behind.
Chelsea clear as Reyes tries to create something. Then Reyes is offside as Campbell dinks a ball through.
Makelele dives into a tackle on Henry. He's penalised and ain't happy.
It's getting scrappy. None of the flowing stuff of the first period.
But he comes back on. Chelsea back to 11 men.
Drogba takes a bash from Fabregas and falls heavily. A break in play as he's treated.
Great ball from Terry to Duff but the Irishman fails to release Ferreira.
Pires, again, wins a free-kick. Looked a dive again - as it was for the Henry free-kick.
Another free-kick is aimed at Gallas. This time Campbell gets it away.
The best teams retain titles - that's the rule. Arsenal will not retain theirs if they defend like that.
Lampard all alone - no Arsenal player near him - but he's shocked at what a good chance it is and heads wide. Terrible defending from Arsenal.
Another dead ball situation for Chelsea. This isn't taken quickly. In fact - it results in a corner.
Chelsea play it back to Cech. A little more safe in their approach after that goal.
Arsenal voices not quite as loud. Chelsea's fans in full voice.
Lampard heads away the corner. Chelsea don't want to let this slip again.
Bergkamp free-kick aimed at Henry but Drogba's hoof averts any danger.
Arsenal get a taste of their first-half medicine. Chelsea deserved their goal for their efforts in the first 45.
And an instant success for Chelsea. Ball launched from a free kick to Gallas. Great header across and Gudjohnsen flicked it over Almunia. 2-2!
Bridge was needed down the wing in the first half. Drogba's presence will cause problems. Gallas goes to centre half and Gudjohnsen joins Drogba up front.
Double change for Chelsea - Carvalho and Tiago off and Drogba and Bridge on.
And there's the half-time whistle. Breath to be got back. It's been great so far. Plenty more to come too.
Cole comes across to stop a ball that was meant for Gudjohnsen. Gallas had time to cross but showed why he's a defender.
Robben outnumbered by Flamini and Fabregas. The young Gunners have done well this half.
Mourinho impassive on the bench. Christ he's cool. Duff is less cool over a supposed foul on Cole.
Makelele fouled by Henry. Gallas chips in a cross. Campbell heads away. Robben muffs an attempt at a pass.
Robben is fouled. The ball will be launched into the Arsenal box. Almunia is equal to the task.
Tiago offside as Duff lobs him through - poor decision as he wasn't offside at all. The referee is not popular in the Chelsea end.
Robben and Cole collide. Arsenal manage to keep the ball. Off goes Reyes but he can't control it properly.
Chance for Reyes to chip Cech is wasted. Nice try though.
Gallas and Duff create a chance for a cross. Scooped ball but Robben couldn't get his head to it. His Beavis haircut could have done with some added quiff.
Free-kick chance for Chelsea - Campbell gets that away and Arsenal break. Off goes Henry. Pires flails at the ball and Cech gets the ball ahead of Reyes.
Tiago falls over when he had a chance to play a cross into the box. He's jeered for his troubles.
Arsenal hustling hard - it's been all action. Campbell comes across to stop Gudjohnsen in a fashion that would be illegal anywhere else on the pitch.
Lauren and Gallas square up. But then make up. Nice to see. The big hunks of love that they are.
The crowd are going mad. The neighbours will be complaining - they're not used to this in these parts.
This is turning into a great game. The hype is being lived up to. So far anyway.
Not the first time that's happened. A deflection off the wall helped him. And the ref hardly made it clear to Chelsea. Perhaps they have a right to be angry.
And he takes it quickly. Too quickly for Chelsea and Petr Cech. 2-1 to Arsenal. Chelsea apopletic with rage.
Henry given a tough challenge by Ferreira. Pires wins a free-kick. Henry territory?
Gudjohnsen again offside. The Arsenal offside trapworks - a la The Full Monty.
Reyes loses the ball. Chelsea have played themselves back into this. Arsenal not quite as flowing as they once were.
But now Robben cuts and curls past defenders. Nice vision to give it to Tiago. But the shot is blazed wide as Campbell pressured.
A lull in play - and atmosphere - it's been breathless stuff so far.
Flamini and Bergkamp force a half chance. But the shot is blocked.
Terry hoofs away as Pires tackles Gallas. Anywhere did.
Now the Icelander gets another chance. He lashes a looping ball at goal. Another good save from Almunia. The corner is palmed away by the Spaniard too.
Almunia slides in to get in front of a ball to Gudjohnsen. It's helter skelter stuff.
A frenzied spell of play. Henry nearly got on the end from a Pires ball and then Robben scampers away. He slides it to Gudjohnsen but a delay from the forward gives Arsenal the chance to clear.
Terrible marking at the corner from Arsenal - not a new story.
Robben takes the corner. Terry climbs unmarked to nod into the bottom left hand of the net. 1-1!
Now Chelsea wake up. Terry slides it to Duff out on the left. Nice flick for Lampard - great hit and a great save by Almunia.
Henry offside now from a looped Bergkamp ball.
Flamini and Pires combine to launch Henry on a channelled run. His attempt at a cross is skewed behind for a goalkick.
Gudjohnsen in an offside position as Makelele played him the ball. The Iceman is angry.
Long pass out Gallas found the Frenchman well off the pace - Wayne Bridge would have got there.
Long ball for Henry but Terry nods down to keeper Cech.
Chelsea with plenty of the ball. Arsenal seem content to defend their lead.
Chelsea attempt an overlap from Ferreira - but Arsenal are holding their line.
Ferreira's cross is caught by Almunia - no early slip up from him yet.
Chelsea enjoy possession but it's at the back and not up where they need to be. Long ball for Duff - the Irishman can't get to it.
No booking - ref Poll trying to keep his cards in his pocket.
Toure on the charge. Lampard stops him and then fouls Lauren with a hefty slide in.
Mourninho looks a little shell-shocked on the bench. A rare treat is that.
Pires smashes a shot but the whistle had already blown for an infringement.
Terry tries to slide in Robben but there's an offside flag waving. A warning of what's to come from the Dutchman?
Toure clears under pressure. Henry on the charge - he's flying already.
75 seconds in and Arsenal have the lead. A series of betting slips are ripped up. Some are put away in order to be paid out. Great start for the Gunners. Well, it doesn't get better than that.
Arsenal stroke it around with an element of calm. And then the ball is knocked down for Henry by Reyes. He smashes it goalward - great hit. 1-0 to Arsenal!
Chelsea gets us underway at Highbury. Robben's rockin' already. But he fouls Lauren instantly.
Wenger has plumped for Almunia - a decision he may come to regret - and has to rely on Fabregas and Flamini in midfield. Chelsea are unchanged for the fourth game in a row.
It's Judgement Day - again. A few of them around these days but this is a vital game in the balance of power.
Robin Van Persie
José Antonio Reyes
Robin Van Persie