Match Report - Arsenal Away

Chelsea line up : Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry (C), Cole, Mikel, Essien, Lampard, Anelka, Malouda, Drogba. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Mancienne...

Chelsea line up : Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry (C), Cole, Mikel, Essien, Lampard, Anelka, Malouda, Drogba. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Mancienne, Belletti, Ballack, Kalou and Di Santo.

Chelsea start the game kicking away from the Chelsea supporters from right to left.

Arsenal kick off.

15 seconds, Walcott picks up ball and plays a 1-2 with Van Persie into box, Cole slides in and blocks his first attempt, comes back to Walcott 10 yards out wide right and fires over the bar.

4th min, Arsenal are dominating the game and possession and Chelsea haven't got started at all yet.

7th min, Fabregas plays into Nasri, and he plays in Walcott right hand edge of Chelsea box and he shoots wide right of box and Cech blocks at his near post.

8th min, Walcott played in once more wide right and he shoots tamely over the bar.

10th min, Anelka picks up the ball wide right and cuts inside across the Arsenal box and squares to Lampard who shoots over the bar from outside the box.

11th min, Nasri spins on ball and skips past his marker. He feeds Walcott wide right just inside box, he plays ball square just in front of the Chelsea back four and Diaby takes the ball off of Fabregas and side foots wide left.

14th min, Van Persie ficks ball to on rushing Fabregas who tries to get onto the ball just inside Chelsea box but Cech is quickly off his line and collects the ball before Fabregas on the edge of his box.

TV Commentator states "Arsenal are first to everything at the moment and are the much brighter of the two teams" at this point you have to agree. Chelsea can't keep hold of the ball.

17th min, Gibbs takes the ball of Drogba cheaply and plays down the line to Diaby who carries the ball to the left edge of the box. He crosses square and the ball comes again to Walcott and he volleys first time wide back across goal from just inside the box right of centre.

2oth min, Ball is played into Drogba, he flicks the ball around his marker and Cole is through wide left. He takes the ball into box wide left 8 yards out and pulls ball back to Malouda who side foots tamely towards goal and its easily saved by Fabianski. Reply shows he mis-hits the ball. The ball is only half cleared and comes to Mikel. He plays into Drogba on left hand edge of box and he tried to curl one to the far corner but goes wide.

24th min, Fabregas a free kicks out wide left and its blocked high into the air by Bosingwa. As Cech comes out he is blocked off and there is a scramble in the box. Ball eventually falls to Song left corner of 6 yard box, he spins and shoots wide under pressure.

26th min, GOAL CHELSEA - ALEX.
Drogba fouled by Fabregas and he is booked 30 yards left of centre from goal. Drogba takes the free kick towards penalty spot. Alex rises above Silvestre and heads towards goal. Fabianski beaten and the ball deflects off of the crossbar and bounces down behind the line and back up into the roof of the net. Great header. 1-0 Chelsea against the run of play.

29th min, Terry plays in Malouda over the top wide left, he carries ball into box left hand side and fires in a cross towards Drogba and its blocked by Arsenal.

35th min, Van Persie picks up ball outside Chelsea box and plays a reverse pass to Fabregas wide right inside edge of Chelsea box, Fabregas drills a cross low and Van Persie gets a flick on it towards goal but its cleared off the line by Chelsea.

Mikel just inside Arsenal half plays the ball into the middle to Anelka who has come deep to collect the ball. He spins Nasri and takes ball forward under no challenge. He gets to 25 yards out and Silvestre steps forward to make a tackle, Anelka hits hit with the outside of his right boot towards bottom corner and the ball spinning away from Fabianski finds the bottom corner. Great strike 2-0 Chelsea.

42nd min, Fabregas into Van Persie he squares the ball wide right to Walcott who hits it first time 20 yards from goal wide right and again he shoots wide back across goal.

46th min, Chelsea have possession wide right. Lampard flicks ball inside to Essien totally free dead centre of the pitch. He carries the ball towards Arsenal box and plays square to his left to Malouda just inside Arsenal box, he is put under pressure by Toure & Silvestre and he manages to flick the ball on once more to Anelka wide left. He comes onto the ball and shoots low down left footed and Fabianski makes the block and the ball is cleared.


2nd half - No Changes to both sides.

46th min, Goal kick deep into Arsenal half falls to Drogba and he hits a tame one well wide from 25 yards.

Chelsea have a free kick half way inside Arsenal half. Played out to Mikel left of centre, he sees Cole make a run down the left wing and plays a ball over the top to him. Cole inside left hand side of box plays a cross in towards Drogba. Toure tries to block and clear the ball at the same time and comes off of him. Fabianski totally caught out of position and ball rolls off Toure into left corner of the net. 3-0 Chelsea.

50th min, Diaby to Van Persie, he picks up ball outside Chelsea box dead centre, turns back onto his left foot and goes past one tackle and hits it low down towards Cech's left hand post and Cech gets down and saves as he blocks the shot and clears the ball away. Good save Cech.

53rd min, Walcott is played the ball wide right hand side of edge of Chelsea box once more. He crosses this time high to back post. Fabregas comes in and strike it on the volley under intense pressure from the tracking back Essien who does enough and Fabregas volleys over from 6 yards just outside the back post.

56th min, Arsenal have a corner that is half cleared. The ball comes to Song outside Chelsea box dead centre. He chips the ball wide right over Ashley Coles head to just inside right hand side of the box, Walcott takes a touch to control the ball and shoots on the volley from 10 yards back across goal again and misses again wide left. Well wide. Should of scored.

58th min. Diaby off and Bendtner on for Arsenal.

63rd min, Chelsea possession played out wide left to edge of box to Cole, he crosses and its half deflected away by Silvestre and ball comes to Bosingwa on right hand side of box just inside, he shoots first time and the ball sails over the bar.

66th min, Chelsea free kick left hand side of box cleared once more out to Chelsea right hand side. Bosingwa picks up ball and is shown inside. He cuts inside and moves the ball 20 yards forward. Just before he is closed down on edge of box dead centre, he shoots high over the bar from 20 yards.

Walcott off for Adebayor and Denilson on for Song.

Nasri has ball 8 yards from byline wide right and plays back to Sagna. He crosses high into the box far post first time, Bendtner outjumps Bosingwa and scores low down into bottom corner. Cech no chance. Arsenal 1-3 Chelsea.

73rd min, Identical situation as above. Sagna crosses again and Bendtner and Van Persie on back post against Bosingwa. Bendtner wins the header again 6 yards out and heads back across goal and its easily caught by Cech.

76th min. Ivanovic comes on for Bosingwa.

79th min, Adebayor just outside Chelsea box plays out wide right to Nasri who crosses and Van Persie is first to react but heads straight to Cech from 8 yards and its easily caught again by Cech.

82nd min, Toure played in down left wing and takes ball into box. He gets to byline and crosses and its blocked by a number of players coming near post. Ball comes loose and Toure flicks ball into path of Silvestre just outside post 4 yards out. He shoots and Cech sitting on the floor after going for the initial cross puts his arms up and makes a superb block at his near post. The ball comes to Gibbs wide left 10 yards out and he shoots high over the bar as he is put under pressure.

84th min, Fabregas plays in Adebayor inside box wide left, Cech comes out and sticks a leg out, Adebayor goes down and nothing is given (But have to say have seen them given). Replay shows Cech never touched him

Cech clears downfield and Silvestre heads clear out to Chelsea's right hand side. Anelka chests it first time and then volleys inside to Malouda edge of box. As he is put under pressure he plays back to Essien who first time sees the run of Lampard to edge of box left of centre. Lampard with back to goal flicks the ball back inside between two Arsenal defenders and Malouda is clean through. Fabianski comes out as Malouda shoots low from 12 yards, shot is block but rebound comes out to Anelka wide right just outside of post (he does look offside when ball was initially played through by Lampard) he shoots towards goal and the ball hits the post, rebounds across goal and Malouda taps in from 2 yards. Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea and game over.

87th min. Arsenal possession comes to Fabregas and he shoots well wide from 20 yards.

Malouda off and Ballack on for Chelsea.

Chelsea see out final stage of game and the whistle blows.


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