• John Terry starts as Chelsea captain; Frank Lampard begins on the bench.
  • Thomas Vermaelen returns to the Arenal team at the expence of Per Metrtesacker.
  • Fernando Torres puts Chelsea ahead after 20 minutes.
  • Gervinho finds the roof of net in the 43rd minute.
  • Juan Mata's deflected free-kick sees Chelsea retake the lead in the second half.
John Terry
Terry returns to the Chelsea side after being found guilty by the Football Association. Reuters

14:41: The form book has been turned on its head somewhat as Chelsea run out deserved winners against an Arsenal side who failed to get out of first gear at times at the Emirates Stadium. Fernando Torres and Juan Mata both scored, in between Gervinho's leveller before the break. If this was an accurate barometer of both side's title aspirations, then Chelsea could well be competeing with the Manchester pair for the title, but for Arsenal fans, it's same old.

Full time: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

14:35: Well, well, well; Arsenal should be level. They cut through Chelsea like a knief through hot butter, and Giroud, fed by Oxlade-Chamberlain, round Cech but shoots high into the side netting. That might be it as Chelsea look to run down time.

14:34: Four minutes added on at the Emirates. Chelsea look like hanging on.

14:33: That might be the final chance for Arsenal. Gervinho cimmitts Ivanovic, but when the ball coems across, Cazorla scoops his shot over the cross bar.

14:29: Arteta wins a free-kick on the left hand side, and when the balls comes across Koscielny heads against the post, but Gervinho, who clashed with Cech, was adjudged to be offside. Running out of time, and ideas, are the home side.

14:24: The chances have come at a premium for the home side today and Kieran Gibbs shoots well over the bar. At the other end, Mata exchanges passes with Torres, and the England full back committs a foul on the edge of the area. Mata's eventual free-kick is blocked by the wall and Arsenal survive.

14:17: The visitors have spruned two opportunties to double their advantage, and they were almost punished. Giroud shoots from the edge of the box and the ball deflects up only for Cech to turn the ball wide of his right-hand post.

14:10: Chelsea find themselves with a five against three in their favour going forward but when the ball comes back to Oscar Arsenal get enough bodies in the way of the shot and the momentum is gone. Gibbs gets to the byline at the other end and Luiz almost puts the ball through his own net. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott replace Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey.

14:03: Arsene Wenger's side come again and Podolski flights a beautiful header towards the back post, but Cech palms the ball away. Ramsey then picks the ball up and darts into the penalty area but his cross shot evades his fellow teammates.

14:01: These two have a habit of serving up exciting encounters in the Premier League and it looks like we've got another one on our hands here. Chelsea haven't beaten Arsenal in the Premier League without Didier Drogba since 1995 and they look like breaking th duck with a little over half an hour remaining.

13:57: Torres get away from Vermaelen, and the Belgian is booked for a foul on the striker. Juan Mata has another chance to test Arsenal and the ball goes all the way through only for Laurent Koscielny to touch the ball beyond his own goalkeeper and Chelsea retake the lead. A soft goal to concede.

Goal: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea (Juan Mata)

13:55: The home side go close for the first time in the first half, Gibbs feeds Podolski who cuts the ball back and the ball falls for Cazorla who slashes his effort wide.

13:52: Chelsea have a corner in the second minute of the second half, and ball goes beyond John Terry but Luiz picks the ball up, drives into the Arsenal box but looks to be felled. The defender wants a penalty, but Martin Atkinson isn't fooled and gives the Brazilian a yellow card.

13:48: Arsenal get the second half underway.

13:38: On the stroke of half-time Torres almost puts Chelsea ahead for a second time, but shoots into the side netting. The Blues have been the better of the two sides but Arsenal have looked the better since pegging them back through Gervinho. Arsene Wenger will be asking for an increased shrewdness in possession, while Roberto Di Matteo will want a greater cutting edge in the final third. Game has ebbed and flowed slightly.

Half time: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

13:31: Three minutes added on at the end of the first half. Oscar goes down the other end and flashes a shot wide of Mannone's goal.

13:30: Arsenal haven't looked like scoring in the first half, but a bit of brilliance sees them level close to the break. Oxlade-Chamberlain gets free on the right, and he finds Gervinho who has enough time to turn in the Chelsea box and shoot high into the net.

Goal: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (Gervinho)

13:25: Oscar is booked for a late tackle of Mikel Arteta. Second booking of the game after Aaron Ramsey's caution earlier in the half.

13:23: The Blues are always the more threatening and Hazard gets free on the right, beyond Vermaelen, but his cross is cleared by Arsenal. The ball eventually breaks to Mikel, who is yet to score a Premier League in his career, who blazes over.

13:22: Arsenal aren't themselves in the opening half, and after Gervinho wins a corner, Cazorla's set piece is over Koscielny. Probably the hosts best chance of the game. Says a lot.

13:16: Chelsea think they're 2-0 ahead, as Torres is away again, who puts the ball beyond Mannone, but the former Atletico Madrid forward is adjudged to be offside.

13:11: Well Torres has one, and he should have a second. The 27 year old gets in behind Arsenal, attempts to go round Mannone but when puling the trigger miss-kicks the ball and Arsenal clear. Torres is appealing for a penalty for a foul by Carl Jenkinson, but replays show the Spanish international's right foot only grazes the youngsters' leg.

13:08: A goal from absolutely nothing and Chelsea have the lead. Juan Mata has a free kick in the inside left right channel, the ball comes in, David Luiz gets free but the ball evades the Brazilian, and Fernando Torres hooks the ball in from a near impossible angle. Terrific finish from the Spaniard.

Goal: Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea (Fernando Torres)

13:03: Abou Diaby's afternoon has come to a premature end, after the Frenchman injured himself in shooting at Cech earlier in the game. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on.

13:01: The Gunners are starting to get closer to Chelsea in their own half, and Jenkinson nicks the ball away, but when in position to cross, it's clear easily. Not much to get excited about in the open quarter of an hour.

12:57: Arsenal keeping the ball well but not breaking Chelsea down as yet. Abou Diaby strides forward, draws Oscar, before shooting straight at Petr Cech.

12:56: Both John Terry and Ashley Cole being subjected to boos by the Arsenal fans in the early stages. Very tight opening in north London, Chelsea happy to keep the ball in their own half.

12:49: Chelsea on the front-foot again and Torres on the right cross the ball into the Arsenal six-yard box where no player in Blue can get to it, and the home side clear.

12:48: Hazard sets off on a mazy run in the Arsenal half and is mowed down by Abou Diaby. David Luiz and Juan Mata are over the ball, and the Brazilian takes aim by Mannone makes an easy save.

12:45: Chelsea get us underway at The Emirates Stadium.

12:43: Both teams in the tunnel at The Emirates Stadium. Amid all the talk of off the field matters, this is a massive London derby. Who can flex their championship muscle?

12:35: Just the one change from Arsenal from the draw with Manchester City, with Per Mertesacker being replaced by Thomas Vermaelen, who captains the home side. Chelsea recall John Terry, following a turbulent week for the former England captain, while Frank Lampard misses out at the expence of Oscar.

12:30: Teams:

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Ramsey, Gervinho, Podolski.

Substitutes: Martinez, Mertesacker, Djourou, Santos, Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Mikel, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres.

Substitutes: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Bertrand, Romeu, Lampard, Moses.

12:23: In a week that should have been looking ahead to one of the Premier League blue-ribbon matches, has been dominated by John Terry's racial abuse charge from The Football Association. The Chelsea captain was handed a four-match banned fined £220,000 for being found guilty of foul and abusive language towards Anton Ferdinand last October. Terry takes his place in the Chelsea side for the trip to Arsenal, who are looking to further enhance their credentials as potential title contenders.