12:45pm: Chelsea vs Arsenal

  • Kurt Zouma heads home after 53 minutes.
  • Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista sent off for kicking Diego Costa. Santi Cazorla dismissed after second booking.
  • Captain John Terry left on the Chelsea bench.
  • Leaders Manchester City face West Ham United at 5:30pm.
Gabriel was sent off in the twilight of the first half. Getty Images

Well that is all we have time for on our live coverage of Chelsea vs Arsenal. Jose Mourinho's side get the win but against the back-drop of ample controversy and the omission of captain John Terry. Same old story for Arsenal meanwhile. We'll be back tomorrow with more coverage from the Premier League but until then goodbye.


Full time: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Chelsea claim their first home league win of the season by defeating nine-man Arsenal. The victory did not come without controversy however as Gabriel Paulista was sent off for a coming together with Diego Costa, who should also have seen red. Goals from Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard did the business for the Blues, who close the gap to the Gunners to three points.


Goal: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (Calum Chambers own goal)

Chelsea put the icing on the cake with a second goal in stoppage time as the ball breaks Hazard's way and his shot tacks a wicket deflection off Calum Chambers and flies beyond Petr Cech.


Red card: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

Cazorla, already booked dives into a tackle and catches Cesc Fabregas leaving Mike Dean with only one option to book the Spaniard and reduce Arsenal to NINE men. There potentially goes their chances of staging a comeback.


Olivier Giroud on for Mesut Ozil as we enter the final 15 minutes. Arsenal's hopes surely rest on their success from set pieces but there latest one is hopeless as Cazorla's corner fails to beat the first man.


The goal is gaping for Pedro but he cant take advantage after Monreal gets into a real mess playing the ball out of defence. Oscar feeds the Spaniard but he blazes over. Mid-way through the second half and a chance for Chelsea as Ramires is on for Oscar.


Theo Walcott spins away from Branislav Ivanovic and curls high and wide. At the other end Hazard goes close again, shooting wide after running away from Monreal.


Cech punches away Hazard's shot from 20 yards as Chelsea push for a killer second goal. Arsenal not offered anything from an attacking perspective since the red card late in the first half.


Goal: Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal (Kurt Zouma)

Chelsea may have a man advantage but it is from a set piece that they take the lead. Cesc Fabregas lofts a free-kick over the Arsenal defence and Zouma comes in at the back post and heads past Petr Cech. Zouma, preferred ahead of captain John Terry from the start, puts the Blues ahead.


Players out for the second half at Stamford Bridge. One change for Arsenal as Calum Chambers replaces Francis Coquelin, who looked to be carrying an injury during that first half.


Half time: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal

Well a first half with few chances ends in controversy after Arsenal Gabriel is sent off for kicking out at Diego Costa. Costa himself should have been dismissed after he hit out at Laurent Koscielny earlier in the piece. Referee Mike Dean at the centre of it all and it leaves Arsenal facing having to play out the second half a man down. Chelsea have been far from convincing with chances few and far between but the second period represents a real chance to claim their first league win of the campaign.


Now Diego Costa and Laurent Koscielny have coming together, before the Spaniard barges into Gabriel. A yellow card for both players but this is refusing to defuse. Dean speaks to his assistant and shows a red card to Gabriel, who has appeared to kick out at Costa. All this after Costa evades a red after Costa swings at Koscielny.


Arsenal go close as Aaron Ramsey ghosts in at the back post but he can't get his shot away. At the other end Pedro's effort from range is beaten out by Cech.


You can't keep your eyes of this game, but at the same time there is very little in the way of chances or attacking to really get the the heart racing. The likes of Sanchez and Costa have been totally nullified, while Kurt Zouma has Theo Walcott in his pocket.


Is that a penalty? Eden Hazard goes to pass Gabriel and the Brazilian appears to the shepherd the ball out of play. On second viewing it looks more like the Arsenal defender wrestles the Belgian to the floor, without any intention of playing for the ball. Mike Dean waved away the appeals.


Now the best chance of the game for Chelsea. Fabregas loops a ball over the head of Monreal and Pedro latches onto it but Cech snuffs out his effort from close range.


Best chance of the game by a long way after 28 minutes. Theo Walcott escapes down the left channel of the penalty area and his right-footed shot is kept out by Begovic with a low save. Half an opportunity for the Gunners but the best either side has mustered.


Chances few and far between so far and Diego Costa produces what might be described as the best effort but Cech gets down low to make the save, the first he has been forced into on his return to west London.


Fast start in the opening 10 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Both teams very much in this game. Aaron Ramsey and Cesc Fabregas have both had efforts on goal with Arsenal marginally shading the game so far. Good contest so far.


Under way at a sun decked Stamford Bridge. As big as it gets today.


Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger shake hands before kick-off. And by shaking hands I mean a brief connection of hands while both men look in different directions.


Jose Mourinho is already out on the bench, soaking up the sun and the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge. This is by far the biggest game of the weekend and history tells us it doesn't normally go down without drama. Players are out and kick-off is moments away.


The cracks in the relationship between Terry and Mourinho first originated when the Chelsea skipper was withdrawn at half-time in the Premier League defeat to Manchester City. Then, Mourinho claimed that the decision was tactical but since Steven Gerrard has alleged that the two have had a major falling out.

Mourinho denied the allegation in his post-match press conference following the win over Maccabi but Terry's omission today will only enhance claims that the two have fallen out. We await a full explanation from the Portuguese manager.


It is a beautiful day across the day [and by beautiful I mean it is nice where I am and images that I can see on television] and what a day of sport it promises to be. Chelsea vs Arsenal is not the only slice of sport to feast on, with qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix, four fixtures on day two of the Rugby World Cup including France vs Italy, the doubles rubber in the Davis Cup semi-final between Great Britain and Australia and the end of the cricketing summer as Surrey face Gloucestershire in the Royal London one-day final at Lord's. Take your pick.