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2016/01/24 | 18:00 |  English Premier League | Emirates Stadium, London |  Full Time
English Premiership

As it happened: Arsenal v Chelsea

2016-01-24 20:00
Last Updated at 02:31
24 Jan 19:57
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24 Jan 19:55
That means Leicester City remains in top spot with Manchester City in second place. Arsenal hold thrid place with Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.
24 Jan 19:54
Arsenal suffer a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea on home soil. Tough one to swallow for Arsene Wenger he will be furious.
24 Jan 19:53
24 Jan 19:52
94' Cech comes out for a corner-kick but nothing happens as Hazard tries to keep the ball inbound. 
24 Jan 19:51
93' Willian is in on the breakaway. But his shot is horrible
24 Jan 19:49
91' Bellerin flashes in a low cross but Chelsea survive
24 Jan 19:47
90' Five minutes of added time
24 Jan 19:46
88' Sanchez overcooks his pass out wide and it goes out.
24 Jan 19:43
86' Monreal now with a chance but Chelsea defence is sitting very tight
24 Jan 19:40
81' Ramsey gives the ball away cheaply as Fabregas buys a free-kick. 
24 Jan 19:37
79' Arsenal pressing now for that equaliser
24 Jan 19:34
77' Kosielny rises as he attempts to head the ball towards goal but Terry is having none of that
24 Jan 19:32
76' Hazard comes on for Oscar 
24 Jan 19:31
74' Chamberlain replaces Walcott
24 Jan 19:28
71' Mikel receives a yellow card for using his arm to stop Sanchez
24 Jan 19:27
69' Good strike from Fabregas after a great move down the left but the shot is right at Petr Cech who holds on at the second attempt.
24 Jan 19:20
63' Chelsea get away with one as as Arsenal can't find the back of the net with scrappy play in the 18-area.
24 Jan 19:16
59' Matic adds his name to the yellow card list
24 Jan 19:13
57' Roars for the crowd, as expected.
24 Jan 19:13
56' Sanchez comes on for Campbell
24 Jan 19:12
52' Chelsea making the most of Arsenal struggles. 
24 Jan 19:06
48' Arsenal have come out swinging and have magic man Alexis Sanchez warming up. 
24 Jan 19:03
No changes for either side
24 Jan 19:02
1' Second-half is underway
24 Jan 19:00
Both sides are walking out the tunnel... Second half is about to begin
24 Jan 18:48
Half-time! Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea
24 Jan 18:44
42' Ivanovic's header is saved by Monreal off the line.
24 Jan 18:43
41' Costa makes a good call into bringing Willian into play and the Brazilian runs down the right flank and slows down the play before laying it off for the Spaniard, who then makes a deft shot towards goal. Cech saves it. Corner!
24 Jan 18:35
34' Walcott sighted offside for his chance that misses the Chelsea goal post. 
24 Jan 18:27
27' Chelsea in full control of this match up now
24 Jan 18:24
24' Arsenal seem very frustrated thus far
24 Jan 18:23
Costa makes it 1-0 as Ivanovic's cross finds the Spaniard and he taps it in past Cech.
24 Jan 18:22
24 Jan 18:22
22' Boos for Fabregas.
24 Jan 18:22
21' Giroud is sacrificed and Gabriel is on
24 Jan 18:20
20' Gabriel getting ready to come on for the Gunners
24 Jan 18:19
18' Costa made a meal of that one... Per Mertesacker sent off for a challenge on the Arsenal defender
24 Jan 18:18
17' Shout for Penalty as Walcott's cross hits Ivanovic...
24 Jan 18:17
16' Arsenal sitting very deep and Fabregas sitting comfortably in the hole
24 Jan 18:15
14' Willian with a free shot towards Cech but the keeper is up for the task. Great work from Cesar Azpilicueta with the cross.
24 Jan 18:14
13' Kosielny blocks Willian's dangerous cross 
24 Jan 18:10
9' High tempo game here at the Emirates as Campbel plays a smart one-two switch with Ozil and lays the ball off for Flamini but John Terry closes the midfielder down inside the penalty area.
24 Jan 18:07
6' Ozil looks for Arsenals speedster Walcott but Ivanovic blocks the searching pass
  • 90'

    Full-Time: ARSENAL 0-1 CHELSEA.

  • 90'

    Kurt Zouma makes a block and then powers forward, Chelsea have run the clock out surely.

  • 90'

    A late corner for the Gunners and Cech is coming forward, but he has to scamper back as Chelsea clear.

  • 90'

    Hazard plays in Willian on the right, but he slices a shot yards wide of the far post. Two minutes left.

  • 90'

    Remy falls over when well-placed to try and run through and soon after he loses the ball 25 yards from goal.

  • 90'

    Five minutes of added time to be played.

  • 90'

    Sanchez does superbly to drive his side on, but Ozil cannot make the most of possession inside the area.

  • 88'

    Remy and Willian combine to almost bring a late chance, only a minute and stoppage time to play now.

  • 87'

    Courtois pounces to his left to dove on an attempted back-flick from Flamini and then Monreal pokes an effort well wide of the far post.

  • 85'

    Courtois drops a free-kick into the area and somehow Azpilicueta and John Terry combine to clear the ball away for a throw-in.

  • 84'

    Corner to Arsenal, they continue to probe to no effect. Just over five minutes to go.

  • 81'

    Fabregas tries to play in Willian, but Cech sprints off his line to collect and set his side back on the attack.

  • 80'

    Courtois has had a pretty quiet afternoon so far.

  • 79'

    Around ten minutes to play as Arsenal have plenty of the ball but cannot forge an opening.

  • 78'

    The visitors deal with a corner in from the right, cries for a penalty as Ozul hits the turf, play on says referee Clattenburg.

  • 77'

    Chelsea introduce Eden Hazard for Oscar.

  • 76'

    Into the final 15 minutes and Wenger has played all of his cards now.

  • 74'

    The Gunners throw on Oxlade-Chamberlain for Walcott.

  • 73'

    Time is running out for the home side, with Chelsea seeming to have weathered that little storm of a few minutes ago.

  • 72'

    Mikel sticks out an arm and catches Sanchez, yellow card given, it could have been red.

  • 70'

    Fabregas, still being booed at every turn, stings the palms of Cech from distance.

  • 68'

    He looks to have damaged his knee, Loic Remy takes his place.

  • 67'

    Courtois catches the corner and then throws the ball out of play with Costa down injured.

  • 66'

    Hector Bellerin gets forward down the right and wins a corner, better from Arsenal in the last few minutes.

  • 65'

    Twenty-five minutes to play and unless the Gunners can find two goals, Leicester City will be top of the Premier League at the end of the day.

  • 63'

    A real scramble in the area sees a couple of attempted shots blocked at source and somehow Chelsea get the ball clear.

  • 63'

    Ramsey falls under the challenge of Fabregas, Arsenal are building up a bit of pressure.

  • 62'

    Mertesacker and Giroud are already changed and suited on the Gunners bench.

  • 60'

    Sanchez is felled by Matic, a booking for the Serb.

  • 60'

    An hour played and the Blues are good value for their lead the moment, they look the most likely of the teams to score.

  • 58'

    Nemanja Matic shoots goalwards, but he has been penalised for a foul on Koscielny.

  • 57'

    Alexis Sanchez is on for Campbell.

  • 56'

    Fabregas is barged over the in area by Koscielny, but nothing is given.

  • 56'

    Two more corners follow quickly, Chelsea take short to try and draw Arsenal out.

  • 55'

    Corner to the Blues, a second goal now would kill the game stone dead.

  • 53'

    Walcott is flagged offside for the fourth of fifth time in the game, he is trying to break in from the left and just not timing things right.

  • 51'

    Chelsea again slow the pace and knock the ball around in their own half.

  • 49'

    Ramsey is crowded out 20 yards from goal, but Costa is caught offside for the Blues and the hosts are back on the attack.

  • 48'

    A tense atmosphere around the Emirates, the home fans need a goal to ease their nerves.

  • 46'

    Flamini brings down Fabregas and the resulting free-kick brings a corner as Oscar's drive is deflected away.

  • 46'

    Chelsea get the second half underway.

  • 45'

    Half-Time: ARSENAL 0-1 CHELSEA.

  • 45'

    Walcott's cross is deflected into the area and Flamini cannot get a good enough contact on it to hit the target.

  • 45'

    One minute to be added.

  • 45'

    Laurent Koscielny brings down Willian, yellow card for the Frenchman. In fact it was Flamini who was booked.

  • 44'

    Into the final minute of normal time and it's definitely advantage Chelsea.

  • 43'

    The corner is met by Ivanovic and Monreal has to head off the line to prevent a second goal.

  • 42'

    Costa is so dangerous, as he drives on to a Willian pass and forces Cech into a save at his near post.

  • 40'

    The hosts are really struggling to mount any real pressure, taking off their only out-and-out striker may not have been such a good idea.

  • 39'

    Walcott is almost in on another Ramsey pass, but he cannot control the ball and Courtois is out quickly to gather.

  • 37'

    Fabregas is looking very busy against his former club, he is also getting booed every time he touches the ball.

  • 35'

    Ozil and Ramsey exchanges passes before the Wales international scuffs an attempted shot well wide from 25 yards.

  • 34'

    Nacho Monreal wins a Gunners corner and from it Walcott shoots narrowly wide, although the offside flag was already up.

  • 33'

    Willian makes a superb break down the right, but his long pass towards Costa is cut out by Gabriel.

  • 32'

    A lengthy Fabregas run ends with him having a shot blocked in the area, a hint of handball but nothing is given.

  • 31'

    The visitors are happy to take the sting out of the game and just knock the ball around, Arsenal have it all to do now.

  • 29'

    Costa flashes a volley wide of target at the far post with his left foot, as Arsene Wenger prowls and scowls in his technical area.

  • 28'

    Close to half an hour gone and Chelsea will be delighted with their work so far.

  • 27'

    Willian is looking like the dangerman that Arsenal need to close down quicker in the midfield.

  • 25'

    Arsenal win a corner on their left, but John Obi Mikel is there to head the ball away.

  • 24'

    A classic strike by CHelsea, just as the Gunners were getting organised at the back.

  • 23'

    Branislav Ivanovic whips in a superb ball from the right and COSTA powers it home at the near post, giving Cech no chance at all.

  • 22'

    A tactical change forced on the home side, Giroud is off and Gabriel takes his place.

  • 19'

    Probably the right decision, there were few complaints from the player himself.

  • 18'

    Diego Costa is played through by Willian and is brought crashing down by Per Mertesacker, RED CARD for the German.

  • 16'

    Theo Walcott drives forward and lays the ball off to Olivier Giroud, who shoots well over from all over 45 yards out.

  • 14'

    Willian tries a shot, it hits an Arsenal defender and rebounds to the Brazilian, who sees a second effort gathered by Cech.

  • 13'

    The Gunners are starting to dominate the possession, but have yet to carve open the Chelsea backline.

  • 11'

    Oscar is shown a yellow card for sliding in late on Campbell.

  • 10'

    Flamini finds space in the area, but slips over as he tries to get in a shot after receiving a Campbell pass.

  • 8'

    Aaron Ramsey drives froward from midfield, but a misplaced pass to Theo Walcott ends the attack.

  • 6'

    Scrappy stuff so far, but Chelsea have been quite bright in their approach.

  • 5'

    Cesc Fabregas breaks into the Arsenal boss, but his cross is eventually cleared after a real melee at the near post.

  • 4'

    Cesar Azpilicueta is caught really late by Mathieu Flamini, who somehow escapes a yellow card.

  • 3'

    Petr Cech has to turn a low Oscar drive away for the first corner of the game, but then collects the flag-kick with ease.

  • 2'

    Joel Campbell mishits an attempted shot in the area and Thibaut Courtois gathers the loose ball.

  • 1'

    Play is underway at the Emirates Stadium.

  • 23'


  • This fixture has ended goalless in three of the last four seasons.

  • Just over a month later the Blues won a Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge 2-0 thanks to a Kurt Zouma strike and an own goal by Calum Chambers.

  • The two sides have already met twice this season, with the Gunners edging a 1-0 win in the Community Shield at Wembley in early August thanks to an Oxlade-Chamberlain goal.

  • The Blues also make one change, with Oscar starting place of Spain international forward Pedro.

  • Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry; Mikel, Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Diego Costa.

  • The Gunners make one change to the side who drew 0-0 at Stoke City last time out, with Mesut Ozil returning for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  • Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny; Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil; Campbell, Walcott, Giroud.

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Arsenal Chelsea
  • 0 Goals 1
    • 23' Diego Costa
  • 1 Yellow Cards 3
    • 45' Mathieu Flamini
    • 11' Oscar
    • 60' Nemanja Matic
    • 72' John Obi Mikel
  • 1 Red Cards 0
    • 18' Per Mertesacker
Team Line-ups
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Mesut Ozil
  • Olivier Giroud
  • Theo Walcott
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Nacho Monreal
  • Mathieu Flamini
  • Hector Bellerin
  • Joel Campbell
  • Petr Cech
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  • 28
  • 33
  • 2
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  • 8
  • 12
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  • 26
  • 28
  • Branislav Ivanovic
  • Cesc Fabregas
  • Kurt Zouma
  • Oscar
  • John Obi Mikel
  • Thibaut Courtois
  • Diego Costa
  • Nemanja Matic
  • Willian
  • John Terry
  • Cesar Azpilicueta
  • Kieran Gibbs
  • Gabriel Paulista
  • David Ospina
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • Alexis Sanchez
  • Calum Chambers
  • Mohamed Elneny
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  • 13
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  • 17
  • 21
  • 35
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  • 14
  • 18
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  • Asmir Begovic
  • Baba Rahman
  • Eden Hazard
  • Bertrand Traore
  • Loic Remy
  • Gary Cahill
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek

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