Arsenal F.C. vs Chelsea F.C.


Premier League

September 24th

Emirates Stadium, London, England


11′ Sánchez

13′ Walcott

40′ Özil

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FT: The result means that Arsenal climb into third on 13 points whilst Chelsea drop to eighth on ten points before the rest of the weekend’s games.

FT: The damage was already inflicted in the first-half thanks to errors from Cahill and Hazard but Arsenal deserve credit for taking advantage of their opponents’ mistakes.

FT: Chelsea’s performance improved after half-time and despite not creating many chances, they went close to pulling a goal back when Batshuayi was played through on-goal but he was to be denied by Čech.

FT: The Gunners outclassed the Blues for the majority of the game, although the Blues defence did give the Gunners a helping hand. The hosts were quieter in the second-half but they did have a few chances to add to their tally with Walcott denied by the feet of Courtois and Giroud firing over from close-range under-pressure.

FT: So Arsenal have beaten the Blues for the firs time in the league since 2011, scoring for the first time since 2013.

90’+3′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90′ There will be three additional minutes.

88′ The delivery is cleared.

87′ Alonso concedes a corner.

85′ Matić finds Pedro who fires an effort harmlessly over the bar.

84′ Chance!! Gibbs sends a dangerous delivery into the area into the path of Giroud who fires off-target under-pressure.

83′ Pedro’s delivery is headed up into the air way Koscielny before Čech claims the loose ball.

83′ Chance!! Batshuayi is played through by Luiz and he has just Čech to beat but the former Chelsea keeper smothers the effort at the expense of a corner.

82′ Costa is booked for dissent after a foul from Koscielny.

81′ Chance!! Pedro’s delivery is cleared before Azpilicueta fires the loose ball at goal but Čech makes a comfortable save.

80′ Xhaka is penalised for a foul and concedes a freekick in a good position for Chelsea.

79′ A dangerous cross from Alonso is cleared by Gibbs ahead of Costa.

78′ Final Arsenal change sees Olivier Giroud replace Sánchez.

76′ Xhaka fires an audacious effort over the bar.

75′ Özil is caught offside.

73′ The corner is cleared.

72′ Costa steals possession off Koscielny and finds Pedro who surges forward but Bellerín makes a vital challenge to deny his Spaniard before Walcott wins a corner.

70′ Double Chelsea change sees Willian and Hazard replaced by Pedro and Michy Batshuayi.

69′ The delivery is cleared.

68′ Second Arsenal change sees Kieran Gibbs replace Iwobi.

68′ Chance!! Iwobi finds Walcott who fires an effort that Courtois saves well with his feet. Corner to Arsenal.

67′ Costa is penalised for a foul.

66′ Ivanović audaciously goes for goal from-range and fires harmlessly over the bar.

62′ Willian’s delivery is cleared.

61′ Chelsea win a freekick in a good position.

60′ An Azpilicueta cross is met by Costa but he can only head wide.

57′ The corner is cleared before Ivanović wins a freekick.

56′ Bellerín wins a corner.

54′ First Chelsea change sees Marcos Alonso replace Fàbregas.

53′ Hazard is caught offside.

51′ Özil is caught offside.

49′ Costa is penalised for a foul.

45′ Iwobi is caught offside.

45′ Arsenal get the second-half underway.

HT: Chelsea will need to make a number of changes in the second-half if they are to find a way back and rescue a point. Arsenal will just need to make sure they don’t concede. So will Arsenal add to their tally or will Chelsea make a surprise comeback? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Chelsea had a few chances since going behind with a Willian strike that drifted inches wide of the far-post the closest they’ve come and Hazard firing a volley into the side-netting.

HT: The hosts started well and pressed the Blues higher up the pitch, forcing errors from the back, as demonstrated for the opening goal. Cahill lost possession to Sánchez who capitalised. Chelsea have been poor in truth, Hazard’s lack of discipline in tracking back cost his side the second goal which came within minutes of the first. Bellerín took advantage to find Walcott who couldn’t miss. Then Luiz and Cahill got into a mix-up when Özil surged forward. Both players moved towards Sánchez and didn’t track the run of the German whose volley, which had a bit of luck, found the back of the net.

HT: So Arsenal are comfortably ahead at the break. They’ve thoroughly dominated the game, much to the credit of the poor and lacklustre Chelsea defence.

45’+2′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45’+1′ Matić is penalised for a foul.

45’+1′ Close!! Fàbregas’ delivery from the freekick is punched into the path of Hazard by Čech and the Belgian meets the loose ball on the volley but it flies into the side-netting.

45′ Walcott is penalised for a foul on Hazard.

45′ There will be two additional minutes.

43′ Luiz is penalised for a foul on Sánchez.

42′ Willian is penalised for a foul.

40′ Goal!! Arsenal break with Özil who has only Sánchez in support, and uses him whilst Luiz and Cahill  get in a mix-up, allowing the Chilean to pick out his teammate again whose volley into the ground wrongfoots Courtois to find the back of the net off the post.

33′ Kanté is penalised for a foul on Sánchez.

32′ Matić is penalised for handball.

32′ Ivanović wins a freekick.

31′ First Arsenal change sees Coquelin replaced by Granit Xhaka.

30′ The corner is cleared. Coquelin goes down and has to be replaced.

29′ Sánchez’s effort hits the wall and goes out for a corner. Coquelin is back on the pitch.

28′ Slight delay in the match as Coquelin receives treatment. The Frenchman has to leave the field to receive further treatment.

27′ Arsenal break before Ivanović cynically fouls Iwobi as the youngster broke into the area. Ivanović receives a yellow card for the foul. Freekick just outside the area for the hosts.

25′ Costa clears the ball behind for another corner.

24′ Bellerín fires an effort that is blocked behind by Cahill.

23′ Monreal is caught offside.

20′ Close!! Costa and Hazard exchange passes before the Belgian tees up Willian who fires inches wide of the far-post.

19′ Costa wins a freekick.

18′ Chelsea lose possession deep in their own half and Sánchez does well to wriggle past two men  before firing wide.

13′ Goal!! Iwobi finds Bellerín, who is free on the right flank and the Spaniard sends in a teasing delivery that is tapped home by Walcott.

11′ Goal!! Cahill is caught in possession by Sánchez who drives forward before chipping Courtois. The goal comes on his 100th appearance for the Gunners.

9′ Özil’s delivery is cleared before Costa wins a freekick.

8′ Walcott surges forward before a deflected effort from Sánchez goes over the bar.

5′ Coquelin overhits a cross-field-pass and the ball goes out for a goalkick.

4′ Willian’s delivery is eventually dealt with by the hosts.

4′ Costa wins a freekick in a good position.

3′ Chance!! Cazorla surges forward before firing an effort from-range that Courtois palms away.

2′ Costa wins a freekick.

2′ Cazorla’s delivery is headed up into the air by Luiz before Courtois claims.

1′ Monreal wins a corner.

0′ Chelsea get the game underway.

Team news:

Arsenal F.C.: Petr Čech (GK), Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Héctor Bellerín, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mesut Özil, Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sánchez

Chelsea F.C.: Thibaut Courtois (GK), César Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanović, Nemanja Matić, N’Golo Kanté, Cesc Fàbregas, Eden Hazard, Willian, Diego Costa


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