Chelsea See Off Arsenal at the Bridge
Despite a strong showing in the second half, Arsenal went down 2-1 to their London rivals at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal
Chelsea midfielder Ramires was at the centre of controversy after he appeared to foul Francis Coquelin in the build-up for Juan Mata’s goal and then seemed to fall into Wojciech Szczesny to earn a penalty which Frank Lampard duly converted.
Theo Walcott managed to grab a consolation goal for the Gunners but they couldn’t find the breakthrough.
Arsenal should have taken the lead through Olivier Giroud after Walcott’s ball split the Chelsea defence but the Frenchman put it wide and it proved a costly miss as the home side took the lead shortly afterwards.
Following the foul on Coquelin, Juan Mata gave Chelsea the opening goal in the 6th
minute. Bacary Sagna was caught up field and CesarAzpilicueta’s lofted ball in to him exploited the space before the Spanish playmaker rifled the ball past Szczesny.
10 minutes later Chelsea doubled their lead through Frank Lampard’s penalty. Ramires was felled in the area by the Arsenal keeper and Lampard gave him no chance with the penalty.
The Gunners were a lot better after the break however and got a goal back when Santi Cazorla’s delightful through pass found Walcott and he continued his recent hot streak by curling the ball past Petr Cech.
Chelsea brought on Demba Ba for Fernando Torres and the substitution almost paid dividends as the former Newcastle United striker broke away down the left hand side and went past Szczesny who had come a long way from his goal. He then shot but Thomas Vermaelen was on hand to clear off the line brilliantly.
Despite the Belgian’s heroics, it wasn’t enough to save the Gunners from a second league defeat of 2013.