Full-time - 90'
0 - 3
16:00 +00:00, November 29, 2009
Emirates Stadium, England
Referee: A Marriner
For Chelsea, they look hot favourites for the title. Let's see how they handle the African Nations....
Arsenal looked toothless without Van Persie, which is a real worry for the rest of the season
For the second season in row, Arsenal lose by three goals at home to Chelsea
And that's it - a comprehensive win for Chelsea
Empty seats everywhere. Arsenal fans gutted.
Fabregas is booked for a series of tackles in frustration. Played five minutes now
Sagna down injured, a few more seconds added
Deco slids it across the face for Malouda, who just fails to connect
The only thing that may happen here is another Chelsea goal, but in truth time is just ticking away
Four minutes to be added on
Anelka shoots inches wide of the post, but the flag was already up
Shot from Sagna. It ends up in Seven Sisters
Malouda is on in place of Drogba, who gets the applause of the Chelsea fans
He sidefoots with unerring power which gives Almunia no chance. Game. Over.
What a strike from Drogba!
Good chance this. 25 yards out, central. Lampard?
Fabregas brings down Essien as he bursts towards goal
Awful cross from Walcott, over the top of Vela and out for a throw
Gallas dwells on the ball considering the backpass and is nearly robbed by Anelka
Wenger does not look happy
Great defending from Ferriera - Walcott is snuffed out and then he wins a foul
Now even Arshavin's control is letting him down
Essien very nearly puts Drogba through
Arsenal look to have run out of steam now
Up the other end and Lampard wriggles through, he shoots but it's from a tight angle and Almunia makes himself big
Vela gets space for the shot on the edge of the D but just runs into trouble. Why did he not shoot?
Denilson and Drogba bump into enough, they'll need a bit of attention. Denilson has come off worse
Walcott lays a pass back for Arshavin put Carvalho is alive to stick a foot in
Cross from Drogba on the right, Anelka just fails to connect
Chelsea will make a change - Ashley Cole is replaced by Paulo Ferreira. Chelsea will hope it's not a problem related to his depressed frature of the leg
Vela feeds in Fabregas down the line, Fabregas plays it low across the area and Cech sticks out a boot to clear
Ashley Cole is struggling
Vermaelen strikes it - straight into the wall
Mikel trips Rosicky 25 yards out. Yellow for persistent fouling. Great chance for Arsenal for a shot
Vela goes to ground like a Cristiano Ronaldo. Shocking. Just on the edge of the box. Rag doll.
Commentator's eye. Joe Cole is replaced by Deco
Nasri is replaced by the lesser-spotted Tomas Rosicky
Neat play from Walcott, he chips a cross to the far post for Vela but the flag is up
J Cole tries to turn a full circle but loses control. Maybe a little tired now.
Corner comes in, easy for Almunia
Shot from Drogba, it hits Gallas and then Lampard and is corner into the corner before Almunia dives across his goal to push it round the post. That would have been a bizarre goal
Corner to Chelsea, Lampard takes but Terry cannot make anything of it
Now Lampard brings down Walcott. Great position for this free-kick, Nasri takes, finds Fabregas but it's a weak header through to Cech
Foul by Ivanovic on Nasri. It's a free-kick on the left, Fabregas and Cech is able to fist away. No Arsenal player near him
Anelka steams through, but the flag goes up against him. Almunia plays it out to Sagna and Arsenal are moving forward... but he pulls it back for the offside. Pointless
Cross from the right... into the hands of Cech. Arsenal are finding it hard to create real openings against the best defence in the Premier League
And that's goodnight from Eduardo. On comes Carlos Vela for a rare outing
Eduardo thinks he's through but Terry produces a wonderous challenge - what a tackle!
Arsenal takes, Drogba heads away brilliantly
Corner to Arsenal
Anelka thinks he's through - offside
Walcott has really added urgency to the Arsenal team. He's lifted everyone.
It's all Arsenal
That all came from a horrific backpass from Drogba which almost put Eduardo in
Eduardo is penalised for kicking the ball out of the hands of Cech, forcing it to Arshavin. Probably fair enough
Again it's a poor touch but it drops for Arshavin! Goal!
He takes too long to control and the chance is gone and it's worked back in for Eduardo!
Cech rushes out to claim in front of Eduardo, it runs for Arshavin who must score!
Arsenal have come out fighting
Walcott came on for Song, so an attacking move
Nice ball for Eduardo, this is an opportunity - poor touch, the ball runs away from him and that chance is gone.
Stats fans: Chelsea have equalled a club record of 28 games in which they have scored consecutively
Walcott is on, will confirm who for shortly.
Arsenal kick off
Sorry Arsenal fans, without Van Persie - or even Bendtner (!) - I cannot see you getting back into this game.
A pretty poor half, in truth, which was turned on its head by two brilliant crosses from Ashley Cole - of all people!
And that's half-time
but Chelsea break again, Anelka has the chance to feed in J Cole but shoots... and scuffs it harmlessly wide
Arsenal look to hit back before the interval
Another wonderous cross from A Cole - right into the "corridor of uncertainty". Gallas missed the ball, it hit the shin of Vermaelen and - amazingly - went in off post and bar again!
Vermaelen own goal!
Drogba almost through again, Gallas deals with the problem
You have to say, you wonder where an Arsenal goal will come from. And this is a side which is the top scorers in the division, and has scored in every game
Brilliant pass across the face by A Cole, Drogba guides it on into the corner and it goes in off both the bar and post. No chance Almunia
Eduardo goes racing through on goal and Cech comes out too. The keeper claims the ball... and amazingly no dive from the Croatia international
Cross from J Cole, finds Drogba unmarked but has to use his neck muscles from distance and cannot direct it correctly.
Sublime crossfield pass from J Cole to Anelka there
Still pouring down...
Vermaelen stays down, needs a bit of treatment but should be fine
Drogba is very late on Vermaelen after the ball has gone - yellow card
Drogba breaks forward, he has two options to pass ahead of him... and messes it up completely. What a waste.
Carlo looks a bit like Benny from Crossroads. I'm sure a few of you may remember him!
J Cole blatantly drags back Nasri. Free-kick, but no yellow card
It's not going to go down as a classic so far. Maybe a damp squib!
Arsenal have had the edge, but created nothing
Eduardo almost gets in ahead of A Cole, but the flag is up for offside
Mobile phone update! It was not a mobile, but a camera. A fake camera. What is going on!?
Awful pass by Fabregas, out of the reach of Sagna and out of play
Great, fast break by Arsenal. Arshavin gets towards the byline, looks to check back but seems to stand on the ball and can't dig it out properly. His pass only finds Cech
It comes in, but Chelsea cannot find a man from Lampard's delivery
Traore drags back Ivanovic on the right. It's a booking for the Arsenal man. Good position for a cross again
Snap shot by Nasri, and it's easy for Cech
Let me confirm that an Arsenal fan threw their mobile phone at Lampard. Their mobile. I wonder how they'll be tracked down?
It's worked back in for Drogba, who can only head tamely into the arms of Almunia
Lampard finally takes the corner, Essien manages to head back towards his own goal!
Someone's thrown a mobile phone! What a clown!
The ref's not happy... speking to his linesman. It appears something was thrown at Lampard as he prepared to take the corner
Lampard takes, Vermaelen helps it behind for a corner
Free-kick to Chelsea over on the left flank. Good chance to deliver
There were not many appeals from the Chelsea players about the decision, but replays seem to show Anelka was held back. That should have been another spot-kick this weekend
It runs back to Lampard who shoots wildly wide
He's in on goal, looks to shape to shoot and looks to be dragged back by Sagna and goes down! No penalty!
Lampard looks to feed Drogba in, he misses in but it runs through for Anelka!
Fabregas takes the corner but it's straight into the arms of Cech
Corner to Arsenal as Essien tackles Arshavin
Great move from Arsenal as the ball is worked wide by Arshavin to Nasri, there's options in the centre but it goes over everyone. Eduardo goes down but it's never a pen
Ashley Cole plays a pass directly out of play which results in huge cheers and jeers from the Gunners fans
Poor ball from Anelka after J Cole had sprinted up in support. He apologies
Drogba spins off Gallas and is through on goal - but the flag goes up! Never offside! Lucky, lucky Arsenal
Arsenal know that defeat today could be damaging, leaving them 11 points behind Chelsea though with a game in hand
Arsenal are bossing possession, not much to show for it so far though
Drogba wants a foul for a push in the back by Gallas. No joy.
The rain is getting worse. We'll be in a monsoon shortly.
Corner to Arsenal, but it doesn't clear the near post. Very poor.
Eduardo almost wriggles through into space but there's a good tackle from Carvalho
Both players are fine to continue
There's going to be plenty of sliding around in this torrential downpour
Eduardo and Essien go crunching into each other sliding for the ball. Both will need a bit of treatment
Nasri tries to force a shot in, but it's a bouncing ball and he cannot get a decent connection
Drogba tries to backheel the ball into the path off the sprinting J Cole but it doesn't come off.
Arsenal passing it around nicely
Chelsea get the match started
Chelsea v Watford
West Ham v Arsenal
Don't forget the FA Cup draw is happening right now. I'll let you know who these teams draw.
Last season this game was 1-4 to the Blues. Surely that cannot happen again?
Joe Cole gets the nod for Chelsea, Frank Lampard is fit while Branislav Ivanovic is starting again
Armand Traore is in at left-back with Gallas and Sagna available. Eduardo continues up front with Van Persie now out for most of the season.
It's a wet and dismal London today, expect lots of sliding around. Sadly, the days of a mud bath are long gone
John Mikel Obi