Chelsea 2 - 1 Arsenal

Match info: Premier League at Stamford Bridge

Date: 20/01/2013 KO: 13:30 Ref: M Atkinson Att: 41,784

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Chelsea

Juan Mata 6
Frank Lampard 16 (pen)

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Arsenal

Theo Walcott 58

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  • Arsenal were transformed in the second half, but could not get back on terms after their dismal opening 45 minutes. A rare, but very welcome, home victory for Rafa Benitez. Stay with us for a full match report and all the reaction.

  • The full-time whistle goes and Chelsea have held on for three precious points.

  • Arsenal keep pressing, with Chelsea defending deep and in numbers, with Giroud heading narrowly over from Wilshere's cross.

    90+5
  • Superb challenge from Cahill to prevent Walcott getting a shot in after Giroud had headed down.

    90+4
  • Giroud is found inside the area, but his cut-back is cleared away. The Frenchman was looking for Arshavin to attack the ball, but he was on his heels.

    90+3
  • Five additional minutes will be played.

    90+1
  • Mata's free-kick is nodded out and Bertrand returns the ball with interest. It strikes Sagna on the arm, but he knew nothing about it and Martin Atkinson waves play on. Giroud tries a shot from range, but it is easy for Cech.

    90
  • Ramsey brings down bar around 35 yards from goal as Chelsea look to run the clock down.

    89
  • Marko Marin comes on for Eden Hazard.

    88
  • The improbably figure of Vermaelen steps up and fires a low free-kick beyond the wall but wide of Cech's goal.

    88
  • Wilshere's poor free-kick is cleared, but the ball comes back in and Sagna looks to get away from Cole, only to be felled right on the edge of the area, with the Chelsea man booked.

    86
  • Ba is in the action again, getting away from Gibbs before the defender slides in with an excellent challenge.

    85
  • OFF THE LINE!!! Ba breaks away down the left into acres of space. He takes on Szczesny and then steadies himself to shoot, only for Vermaelen to produce an outstanding block to clear from under his own bar.

    83
  • Walcott attempts a very ambitious shot from range only for Cole to block with ease.

    83
  • Arshavin tries to get away from Azpilicueta, but only succeeds in knocking the ball out for a goal-kick.

    82
  • Torres' afternoon is over, with Demba Ba on for the closing stages.

    81
  • Wilshere leaves the field briefly for treatment, but is OK to continue.

    79
  • Ramires bursts away from Jack Wilshere, with the Arsenal man going to ground holding his face and charges towards the box. Vermaelen does not fall for his step-overs and puts in an excellent challenge.

    78
  • Torres takes a shot from outside the and looks to curl it beyond Szczesny into the far corner, but his effort lacks power and is easy for the keeper.

    76
  • Andrey Arshavin is thrown on by Arsene Wenger in place of Abou Diaby.

    75

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