Full-time: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

  • Chelsea extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 12 points with an impressive win over Arsenal
  • Marcos Alonso powers through Hector Bellerin to head home a controversial 13th-minute opener, with the right-back quickly needing to be substituted
  • Eden Hazard doubles the lead seven minutes after the break courtesy of a tremendous solo effort
  • Former Gunners midfielder Cesc Fabregas rubs further salt into the wound by lofting in a late third after a dreadful error from Petr Cech
  • Substitute Olivier Giroud nets a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time
  • Arsenal remain 12 points off the pace in third after their second defeat in four days
  • Later: Hull vs Liverpool, Tottenham vs Middlesbrough
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A ninth successive Premier League home win for Chelsea and a 16th in their last 18 matches. Conte's side seem to be cruising towards the title. They open up a 12-point gap at the summit that could be trimmed back down to nine if Tottenham are able to beat Middlesbrough in the day's late kick-off.

Antonio Conte

It's very much a case of the same old story for Arsenal, who have now lost on all of their last five visits to Stamford Bridge. They remain 12 points off the pace and could find themselves out of the top four altogether this weekend if Liverpool and Manchester City manage to beat relegation strugglers Hull and Swansea.



Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal


Arsenal notch a stoppage-time consolation. Welbeck charges forward with purpose before Giroud heads home a Monreal cross at the front post. Courtois will be disappointed not to have saved that.


Goal: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)


Three minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official.


Fabregas tees up Alonso for a header that is saved Cech. Costa, perhaps feeling a little left out, greedily blazes over from a difficult angle instead of setting up a teammate in the middle.


Chelsea make their final change. Kurt Zouma replaces Moses, with Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right wing-back.


Talk about rubbing salt into a gaping wound. Gabriel aims a throw-in back to Cech, who completely fluffs his clearance straight into the path of Fabregas. The former Arsenal midfielder reacts quickly to loft the ball into an empty net before muting his celebrations.

Humiliation complete.

Cesc Fabregas


Goal: Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal (Cesc Fabregas)


Costa gets back to emphatically clear the latest Arsenal corner. A double change from Conte sees Pedro and Hazard make way for Willian and Fabregas.

The Belgian rightly receives a standing ovation.



Costa buys a corner off Koscielny and Kante's searching cross to the back post is just taken away from Alonso by Gabriel. Moses' long-range shot is then deflected into the hands of Cech.


Arsenal are dominating possession just at the moment. Courtois leaps to his right to turn a Welbeck effort around the post and Mustafi heads the corner narrowly wide.


A moment of controversy now as Gabriel appears to catch Hazard with an elbow. Atkinson awards a free-kick, but nothing more.


Matic brings down Welbeck and is quickly shown a yellow card. Ozil sends a free-kick into the box but the referee's assistant has his flag raised.

Less than 20 minutes remaining for Arsenal to effectively save their Premier League season.


Welbeck finally jogs on in place of Walcott.


Luiz, who caught Mignolet and Liverpool unawares with a stunning 25-yard free-kick at Anfield, lines up to unleash another long-range drive before changing tack and lofting the ball towards Costa.

The subsequent corner comes to nothing. Welbeck has been waiting to come on for the last few minutes.


Sanchez releases Monreal on the overlap and the Spaniard's inviting low cross fizzes across the six-yard box before going safe.

Giroud comes on for Coquelin. The latter has endured a very tough afternoon here and will not wish to see Hazard's stunning goal again.


Alonso is fine to continue. Giroud prepares to enter the fray for Arsenal.



Arsenal force another corner and Alonso requires treatment after a painful clash of heads with Luiz.


Strong defending from Cahill to put behind a Monreal cross intended for Walcott.

Chelsea feed off a vibrant atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge and Mustafi has to be alert to head away a Moses delivery.