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Chelsea vs Arsenal Live Score and Commentary

Chelsea
FT
3 - 1
Arsenal
Marcos Alonso 13'
E. Hazard 53'
Fàbregas 85'
90'+1' O. Giroud
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PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEEEP! FULL-TIME!

Chelsea thrash Arsenal 3-1 and pull 12 points clear... that's that for the title race then. 

Thank you for reading. Anirudh Menon signing out

Toodle-ooo!
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91' Welbeck and Giroud getting themselves into a tangle - inside the Chelsea 6 yard box - and another chance goes a-begging. 
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They cross it finally - the excellent Monreal curls one into the six yard box, and Giroud is always getting there ahead of everyone else. 
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90' GOOOOOALL! GIROUUUUUUUUUD!
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89' SELFISH SELFISH DIEGO! He bullies Gabriel off the ball and with three colleagues up in support - with just one Arsenal defender in the box - he powers it into row Z!
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88' Why are Arsenal doing this to themselves? They try to pick the Chelsea lock with intricate ground passing - WHEN THEY HAVE GIROUD UP FRONT! - they were pumping it in when the Frenchman was seated on the bench! 
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87' The superb Moses OFF for young Kurt Zouma. 
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Petr Cech, are you flipping kidding me? The Czech has a nightmare as he passes a standard clearance to Francesc Fabregas. The ex-Arsenal man dumps an entire ocean of salt on to Arsenal's open wounds by chipping an absolutely delightful little dink into an empty net. WHAT WAS CECH THINKING! 
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85' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALL!!! FABREGAS! IT HAD TO BE HIM! FABREGAS!!!! 
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83' Pedro OFF, Willian ON... The outstanding Hazard OFF, Cesc Fabregas ON
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81' Nemanja Matic tries to take on one defender too many, but that's an endevour too adventurous for the Serb. Mustafi powers into the middle of the pitch and wins Arsenal a corner. 
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80' Hazard wins another corner - and it takes a superb Gabriel header to prevent Alonso from nodding in his second.
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79' OW! HE SHOULD HAVE SCORED! MUSTAFI wins a free header from the corner but he can only hammer his header wide from five yards. He really ought to have buried that.
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78' OH MY! WHAT A SAVE! WHAT A HEADER!! Welbeck manouevers a brilliant header that looks destined for the far corner, but Courtois somehow gets a giant claw to it! Brilliant football all around
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77' Welbeck's pace keeps a hopeful Mustafi punt in, and he plays in Giroud, who wins a corner off Luiz. 
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76' Ozil tries to chip the ball into the six yard box, but Giroud is well marshaled away by Cahill and Luiz.  
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74' Victor has the freedom of the field on the right, but his cross is horrendous and gifts Arsenal possession again... but when you have Kante on your side, winning it back isn't that tough a proposition.  
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73' Gabriel whacks Hazard in the face, and the Belgian wins the freekick, but Arsenal intercept and Arsenal power forward
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72' The ball is headed away by Cahill, and Sanchez shanks a half-volley into the Row Z. The Chilean has really been poor today. 
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71' Azpilicueta rail roads into Sanchez, and now that Giroud is on the pitch - that freekick is in a dangerous position.
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70' Welbeck gets into the action right away - and forces Matic to concede a foul, and a yellow card, by tripping him up in full flow. 
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69' Sanchez has had a horrible game, and he gifts the ball to Hazard - and Chelsea move forward to win a throw in near the corner. Arsenal use the break to take off Theo Walcott and bring on Danny Welbeck. 
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67' The Brazilian takes the cheeky option, and he chips it to Alonso - but Chamberlain is back covering and concedes a corner. From that set piece, Luiz is caught offside
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66' Chelsea are counterattacking with venom here - Moses releases Pedro down the right, and the Spaniard's cross is blocked. The corner amounts to little, but a poor Walcott tackle hands Chelsea a freekick in David Luiz territory
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63' Chelsea are sitting deep and counter-attacking, as is their wont. Arsenal are just unable to break them down.... Wenger has had enough and takes of the exceptionally poor Coquelin for Olivier Giroud.  
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61' Arsenal go ahead and win a corner, and although the ball pin balls around the box for a bit - nothing comes off it.
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60' Monreal is probably Arsenal's best player at the moment. A superb interception prevents Hazard from releasing Pedro into Arsenal's half. 
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59' Ozil tries to pick out Monreal, but Moses intercepts and races forward. The Nigerian tries to pick out Costa in the box, but Mustafi does excellently to backtrack and get a clearing header away.  
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57' OH WALCOTT! Monreal - who has had an excellent game moving forward, plays in a superb ball into the box and Walcott is an inch away from converting, but a SUPERB Gary Cahill tackle prevents that from happening. 
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56' Way too casual from Diego Costa and Antonio Conte lets him know what he thinks of that. Moses did brilliantly to run the length of the pitch before moving away from Iwobi and sticking one into the far post. Costa controls it with a velvet touch, but waits for some reason before hammering it, and Koscielny gets a foot in.
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55' Arsenal come straight back and win a corner, but Mustafi's errant tackle in the box gifts possession back to the Blues. 
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What. A. Goal. Boy! This lad can play football. hazard picks the ball up on the center line and dribbles straight through the heart of Arsenal. Coquelin gets shrugged off like a rag foll before he turns Koscielny and Mustafi inside out before lashing an unstoppable shot into the back of the net. 
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53' GOOOOOOOOOALL!!! HAZAAAAAAAAARD!!!!!
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52' OW OW OW! Ozil plays a ball straight at N'Golo Kante who releases Costa with a peach of a ball - but the Spaniard has again stepped offside!
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51' Surprisingly, Arsenal have slacked off the intensity already - and Kante & Matic are crawling all over them. The ball is worked out to Eden Hazard who has a pop from thirty yards, but it flies handsomely high.  
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49' Oh my Lord this Kante is everywhere. He intercepts a rather loose Koscielny pass and that starts off another spell of Chelsea possession.
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48'... because of moments like this can pop up anytime. Hazard plays in Costa with a smooth through ball - and it takes an excellent recovery tackle from Laurent Koscielny to prevent the Spaniard from running through at goal. 
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47' A scrappy start to the half, with both sides misplacing passes -to their great credit, Arsenal have bolted out of the gates and are pressing like madmen, but they need to be careful....
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46' PEEP! We're off! 
Hector Bellerin has taken his place on the bench, so that's a huge relief for everyone. 
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As for the controversy surrounding Alonso's goal, here's Thierry Henry's take - "You have to hope that Hector Bellerin is OK, but it is a fair challenge." I have to agree with it the more I see the goal
90'+1'
O. Giroud
assist: Nacho Monreal
K. Zouma
V. Moses
88'
Fàbregas
85'
Willian
Pedro
84'
Fàbregas
E. Hazard
84'
70'
D. Welbeck
T. Walcott
N. Matić
70'
65'
O. Giroud
F. Coquelin
E. Hazard
53'
23'
S. Mustafi
17'
Gabriel Paulista
Bellerín
Marcos Alonso
13'
Match time Sat, 04 Feb 2017, 06:00 PM
Arsenal (4-2-3-1)
Steve Bould (Manager)
13
T. Courtois
24
G. Cahill
30
David Luiz
28
Azpilicueta
3
Marcos Alonso
21
N. Matić
7
N. Kanté
15
V. Moses
10
E. Hazard
19
Diego Costa
11
Pedro
33
P. Čech
18
Nacho Monreal
6
L. Koscielny
20
S. Mustafi
24
Bellerín
34
F. Coquelin
15
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain
17
A. Iwobi
11
M. Özil
14
T. Walcott
7
A. Sánchez
Arsenal (4-2-3-1)
Steve Bould (Manager)
Chelsea Subs
23
M. Batshuayi
1
A. Begović
22
Willian
29
N. Chalobah
4
Fàbregas
26
J. Terry
5
K. Zouma
Arsenal Subs
3
K. Gibbs
12
O. Giroud
55
A. Maitland-Niles
13
D. Ospina
31
J. Reine-Adelaide
23
D. Welbeck
5
Gabriel Paulista
42% POSSESSION 58%
13 SHOTS 9
6 SHOTS ON GOAL 5
14 FOULS 8
10 CORNERS 13
4 OFFSIDES 3
1 YELLOW CARDS 1
0 RED CARDS 0
4 SAVES 3
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group
1 Manchester City 8 7 1 0 25 22
2 Manchester United 8 6 2 0 19 20
3 Tottenham Hotspur 8 5 2 1 10 17
4 Watford 8 4 3 1 0 15
5 Chelsea 8 4 1 3 5 13
6 Arsenal 8 4 1 3 2 13
7 Burnley 8 3 4 1 2 13
8 Liverpool 8 3 4 1 1 13
9 Newcastle 8 3 2 3 1 11
10 West Bromwich Albion 8 2 4 2 -2 10
11 Southampton 8 2 3 3 -2 9
12 Huddersfield Town 8 2 3 3 -4 9
13 Swansea City 8 2 2 4 -3 8
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 2 2 4 -4 8
15 West Ham United 8 2 2 4 -6 8
16 Everton 8 2 2 4 -8 8
17 Stoke City 8 2 2 4 -9 8
18 Leicester City 8 1 3 4 -3 6
19 AFC Bournemouth 8 1 1 6 -8 4
20 Crystal Palace 8 1 0 7 -16 3
Updated: Feb 04, 2017 19:55 PM | Published: Feb 04, 2017 12:00 PM