Premier League

October 3, 2010

Full-time

Chelsea

2 - 0

Arsenal

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, October 3, 2010

Stamford Bridge, England

Referee: Mike Dean

  • 93'

    Arsenal have once again seen a game in which they had plenty of possession turn into a defeat, Arsene Wenger's team looked toothless today.

  • 93'

    FULL TIME Chelsea with another win over Arsenal, they are looking like the team to beat once again.

  • 92'

    Chelsea's defence has been formidible this season, they'll be hoping Alex isn't badly hurt.

  • 91'

    A worrying sign for Chelsea, Alex is down clutching his thigh and is now being helped off the field.

  • 90'

    THREE MINUTES ADDED TIME

  • 89'

    Ashley Cole with a thunderbolt of his own, Fabianski palming it away!

  • 89'

    The Chelsea fans are in triumphant mood, their team have a four-point cushion at the top of the table.

  • 88'

    Danny Sturridge on for John Obi Mikel

  • 87'

    Carlos Vela on for Andriy Arshavin

  • 86'

    Essien is through on goal again as Arsenal fall apart. With so much time, Essien fails to make a decision and in the end hits a feeble poke at Fabianski.

  • 85'

    GOAL A stunning goal from Alex!!! Everyone was waiting for Drogba to hit the free kick, but Alex strode forward and leathered past a helpless Fabianski! An unbelievably powerful strike! Chelsea have sealed their win now.

  • 84'

    Koscielny carded for a crude trip on Anelka as the Frenchman looks to get away. A very dangerous free kick...

  • 83'

    Yuri Zhirkov on for Ramires

  • 82'

    Chelsea clear the corner and Ramires streaks away with Anelka. The Frenchman plays him through on goal but he is marginally offside.

  • 81'

    A Premier League debut for Emmanuel-Thomas, his presence forcing Ferreira into conceding a corner.

  • 81'

    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on for Jack Wilshere

  • 80'

    So close for Arsenal! Rosicky whips a wonderful cross in towards goal, Chamakh meets it and sees his header bounce marginally wide.

  • 79'

    Paulo Ferreira carded for intentionally felling Rosicky as he broke.

  • 78'

    All through the second half the story has been the same, Arsenal seeing plenty of the possession but creating no real chances or troubling Petr Cech.

  • 77'

    Chamakh heads clear at the back post and Arsenal push forward.

  • 76'

    Chelsea have a free kick after Drogba tangled with Squillaci...

  • 75'

    Fabianski makes an awkward looking save from a Drogba effort, at least he kept it out!

  • 74'

    Rosicky involved again, a lovely lay-off from Nasri finds him in space and he curls a low effort into the arms of his compatriot Petr Cech.

  • 73'

    Paulo Ferreira on for Branislav Ivanovic

  • 72'

    Alex Song tries his luck from distance after nice approach play from Arsenal, it's sliced though and flies wide.

  • 71'

    Chamakh rises to meet the corner, he looks to nod it down for Wilshere but Chelsea clear.

  • 71'

    Rosicky earns a corner for Arsenal with his first touch...

  • 70'

    Tomas Rosicky on for Abou Diaby

  • 69'

    Ashley Cole hammers the ball into the net emphatically! But it won't count, he was in an offside position when he was found by Anelka.

  • 68'

    Arsenal were looking for a penalty as Chamakh goes down very theatrically. Never a penalty.

  • 67'

    Drogba trips Song, free kick to Arsenal just inside the Chelsea half.

  • 66'

    Chelsea enjoying a spell of possession for the first time in the half. They will just be trying to ease some of the pressure on their defence.

  • 65'

    Great play from Ramires and then Essien as the Ghanaian breaks. He releases Anelka, whose cross is over hit and misses Drogba.

  • 64'

    Nasri has looked the liveliest of Arsenal's attackers, this time he comes within inches a slipping Chamakh in behind Chelsea. It's all Arsenal at the moment.

  • 63'

    Mikel heads the free kick clear as far as Clichy, who tries an outrageous shot from 30 yards which was never troubling Cech.

  • 62'

    Arshavin bundled over by Ramires, Arsenal free kick near the corner flag.

  • 61'

    Arsene Wenger must be considering changes, Vela or Rosicky? I'm not sure what difference either of those would make.

  • 59'

    Anelka misses an open goal! Woeful defending from Squillaci, facing his own goal he fails to control a bouncing ball, allowing the Frenchman in. He rounds Fabianski and all he has to do is roll it into the empty net. He can't and finds the side netting.

  • 58'

    Fabianski claims the corner and starts a counter attack. Arshavin whips in a dangerous ball which almost falls for Wilshere, the youngster dispossesses Cech a finds Chamakh. The Moroccan cuts inside and looks to shoot, but Ramires flies in with a cracking challenge.

  • 57'

    Chelsea on the front foot this time, Drogba plucking the ball out of the sky and running at Koscielny. The summer signing does excellently, his sliding tackle giving away a corner.

  • 56'

    No danger from the corner. I don't see why Arsenal even bother taking them.

  • 55'

    From the cleared corner Wilshere advances, Diaby again with the ball, he manages to get a shot off which takes a huge deflection and goes out for a corner.

  • 54'

    Abou Diaby is in for a moment after being found by Arshavin, his first touch is poor and Arsenal have to make do with a corner. Needless to say the corner is easily cleared by Chelsea.

  • 53'

    Yet another wasted corner for the Gunners. Hardly suprising given the height difference between the two teams.

  • 53'

    Straight up the other end and Arsenal have a corner, conceded by the improving Ramires.

  • 52'

    Safe hands from Fabianski as he takes the cross.

  • 52'

    Corner to Chelsea, Ramires find Malouda brilliantly, the Frenchman's cross is turned behind...

  • 51'

    Chamakh rises highest and aims a header towards goal which is narrowly wide.

  • 50'

    Arsenal take the free kick short and earn a first corner of the second half.

  • 49'

    The man who committed the foul, Song, heads it clear. Ramires brings down Wilshere as Arsenal look to come forward.

  • 48'

    Drogba breaks after Nasri loses possession, Song is forced to bring him down and Chelsea have the first set piece of the second half.

  • 47'

    Arsenal need to try and get Arshavin and Nasri involved, they have looked like their mostly likely route to a goal.

  • 46'

    Clichy striding forward after playing a neat one-two with Wilshere. His cross is deep, looking for Chamakh and Cech makes an easy catch.

  • 45'

    KICK OFF Chelsea start the second half.

  • 45'

    The teams are back out at Stamford Bridge...

  • 45'

    What can Arsenal do in the second half? There are very few options on their bench, with Rosicky the only experienced option for them with attacking ability.

  • 45'

    Arsene Wenger will be frustrated with his team. On the balance of play they probably deserve to be level, but they switched off and Chelsea punished them.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME Chelsea don't have time to take their corner, but they do lead at the break thanks to Didier Drogba's strike.

  • 45'

    Another corner for Chelsea, Clichy sliding in on Malouda...

  • 45'

    At a second glance, Diaby is very lucky to have escaped serious injury. The challenge was a little wreckless from the Chelsea man.

  • 45'

    TWO MINUTES ADDED TIME

  • 44'

    Abou Diaby is down and looks in agony after a coming together with Michael Essien. There didn't look to be any intent to harm Diaby from Essien.

  • 43'

    More good work from Ramires, bursting through several challenges to win a throw in for Chelsea. He looks lifted by the goal.

  • 42'

    Anelka looks to get away behind Clichy, he is promptly stopped by the linesman's flag.

  • 41'

    Ramires is growing into this game, showing excellent strength to shrug off Song and earn a free kick.

  • 40'

    Chamakh has a glimmer of an opening behind the Chelsea defence, his first touch is poor and Chelsea are off the hook.

  • 39'

    13 goals in 13 games against Arsenal. Wenger must be sick of the sight of Didier Drogba.

  • 38'

    GOAL Drogba opens the scoring! Ramires finds Ashley Cole with a perfectly waited pass, Cole's low cross finds Drogba at the near post who back-heels it beyond a stranded Fabianski. 1-0 to the champions.

  • 37'

    Anelka lays it off for Ramires to try his luck, but the Brazilian scuffs his side-footed shot wide.

  • 36'

    Chelsea showing a bit more menace since the half hour mark, we're still waiting for the opening goal though...

  • 35'

    Chelsea looking for penalty as Malouda's header hits Koscielny. Not a chance as it hit him in the stomach.

  • 34'

    Another wasted corner from Chelsea. Teams just don't seem to value corners anymore...

  • 33'

    Best chance so far from Drogba, who gets the better of a flailing Clichy, he fires a low shot at goal and Fabianski did well to turn it over the bar.

  • 32'

    Clichy does excellently, getting his head on Malouda's cross and then stopping Drogba in his tracks.

  • 31'

    Arsenal are beginning to look more and more threatening, Samir Nasri tucks in from the right and his bouncing effort skips just wide of the post.

  • 30'

    Didier Drogba has been quiet so far. Given his history against Arsenal and his poor performance last week he'll want to put on a strong showing today.

  • 29'

    Handball by Arshavin as he blocks Essien's attack. He's lucky to escape a card there.

  • 28'

    The set pieces have wasted so far, Arsenal doing nothing with their corner.

  • 27'

    A fantastic effort from Arshavin, taking a touch to compose himself before firing a 25 yarder at Cech's goal. The Chelsea stopper makes a fine one-handed save to give the Gunners a corner.

  • 26'

    Arsene Wenger will be happy with the start his depleted side have made here, they don't look overawed by the league leaders.

  • 25'

    Arsenal survive another corner, a really open contest at Stamford Bridge.

  • 24'

    Essien dispossesses Arshavin and earns Chelsea's fourth corner of the match...

  • 23'

    Chamakh gets his head to the corner, but his header is weak and straight at Cech.

  • 22'

    Sagna's cross is knocked behind at the back post by Ivanovic...

  • 21'

    He does better this time, being alert to gather a through pass as Anelka loomed large.

  • 20'

    Fabianski almost makes a text-book Arsenal goalkeeping error. Ashley goal puts the ball across, and under pressure from Anelka the Pole fumbles, luckily straight to Gael Clichy.

  • 20'

    The delivery is easy for Cech to collect.

  • 19'

    Neat passing, as you'd expect from Arsenal. Abou Diaby tees up Nasri for an effort which results in an Arsenal corner.

  • 18'

    Drogba's cross is a peach, Michael Essien glances his header marginally wide.

  • 18'

    Drogba's corner is an out-swinger, Alex's volley is diverted behind for another corner.

  • 17'

    Arsenal have had the better of the opening exchanges here, but Chelsea have a second corner...

  • 16'

    Anelka attempts to fire at goal from 25 yards, as he sets himself Arsenal defenders fling their bodies in the way of the shot.

  • 15'

    The corner is confidently defended by the visitors.

  • 15'

    Fantastic break from Chelsea, Anelka cutting back towards Drogba and Sagna hits it out for a corner.

  • 14'

    Alex Song is too strong for Malouda, who goes down looking for a foul. Nothing given by the referee.

  • 13'

    My mistake, Malouda got a touch on it, goal kick to Arsenal.

  • 12'

    Corner to Chelsea, Drogba gets to the byline and Squillaci turns it behind...

  • 11'

    Chamakh tries to control the ball with his back to goal, but Alex is too strong for him.

  • 10'

    Sagna is back on his feet after after his blow from Drogba.

  • 9'

    Sagna is down after colliding with Drogba's elbow, it was accidental from the Chelsea striker.

  • 8'

    Arsenal look confident early doors, despite all of their injury problems.

  • 7'

    Another chance for Arsenal, Arshavin cutting in from the left and hitting a low drive straight at Petr Cech. He got past Ivanovic too easily then.

  • 6'

    An incredibly open start at Stamford Bridge, Anelka chasing a through ball that is over hit.

  • 5'

    An intelligent effort from Malouda, wrong footing Koscielny a attempting to lob Fabianski, who watches the ball float narrowly over his crossbar.

  • 4'

    The game has settled down now after a frantic opening!

  • 3'

    Drogba shoots at goal from the free kick and sends it high over Fabianski's goal.

  • 2'

    First attack for Drogba, outmuscling Sagna and sending an effort in from the edge of the box which is blocked. Song then brings down Drogba for a free kick...

  • 1'

    What a chance early on!Koscielny has a free header two yards out and diverts it over the bar! What a start for Arsenal.

  • 1'

    Straight from kick off Chamakh diving header from Sagna's cross is deflected for and Arsenal corner!

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    KICK OFF Arsenal start the game.

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    The teams are in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge, kick off is close...

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    Arsenal have Chamakh up top, supported by Nasri and Arshavin. The talented Jack Wilshere will be expected to produce some magic from his midfield berth.

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    Chelsea have gone for Anelka and Drogba up front, Ramires starts in a three-man midfield.

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    With Man City's win closing the gap on Chelsea, they will be eager to restore their cushion. An injury-hit Arsenal team face a huge challenge this afternoon, can the young Gunners rise to it?

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    In the meantime, you can read our match preview, while we also have Arsene Wenger explaining how Arsenal will cope with the physical battle.

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    Live commentary will appear from 1600 BST.