Chelsea 2 Arsenal 1 – Mata and Lampard seal points for Blues
After slipping up against Southampton on Wednesday, Chelsea nearly did the same thing against Arsenal on Sunday although two early goals ultimately saw the Blues land a maximum haul at Stamford Bridge.
January 20th, 2013
The game was only six minutes old when a flighted ball to Juan Mata was taken down beautifully by the Spaniard and then finished with panache, although the visitors bemoaned the fact that Ramires had foulded Coquelin in the build-up.
With the Gunners stumbling, Chelsea were quick to seize the initiative and their lead was doubled ten minutes later when Wojciech Szczęsny was adjudged to have tripped Ramires in the area. Frank Lampard duly stepped up to slot the ball home and the Blues were cruising.
However, it was nearly a case of déjà vu for the home supporters after the break who saw one-way traffic towards their goal and Theo Walcott’s neat goal set up a grandstand finish where the Gunners threatened to steal a point.
Once again, Fernando Torres was ineffective in a Chelsea shirt and was replaced by Demba Ba for the final ten minutes, with the new signing having a shot blocked on the line by Thomas Vermaelen.
If Arsenal had been at the races during the early stages of the match, the outcome might have been different but they now face a real struggle to finish in the top four of the Premier League this term.