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Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea : 5 Talking Points

  • Chelsea beat 10-man Arsenal to continue their domination over the Gunners. But what did we learn ?
Sachin Bhat
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 13:44 IST

Chelsea continued to be a bogey team for Arsenal as they consigned their hostile London rivals to a 1-0 defeat at the Emirates to complete an unprecedented league double over Arsene Wenger’ÂÂÂÂs side.The hosts were reduced to 10-men after just 18 minutes gone when Per Mertesacker was shown a straight red for his challenge on Diego Costa who appeared rather theatrical going down, but the Chelsea striker made the most of the one-man advantage when he struck just a few minutes later that would eventually go on to prove to be the match-winning goal.The Gunners were unconvincing for large stretches of the game but triggered a late rally in search of the equaliser. Courtesy to the brilliance of Thibaut Courtois and some resilient defending, Chelsea weathered the storm and clung on for a win.Here are some of the talking points from the fair-to-middling London derby.

#1 Costa remains a thorn for this Arsenal side

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Diego Costa throws spanner in Arsenal’s work, again

Back in September when the sides first met in the league at the Stamford Bridge, Diego Costa was in the news for all the wrong reasons as he got Gabriel sent off in a tense affair that also saw Santi Cazorla been given the marching orders shortly after. Costa’s provocation game garnered himself a barrage of flak, but it mattered little in the game as the Blues ran out 2-0 victors.

Now in the reverse fixture, the Spaniard was the cynosure once again as he was involved in another red card and to make matters worse, scored the winner just minutes later. Costa’s collapse to the ground appeared a bit exaggerated in the replays, but the maverick forward made a meal out of Mertesacker’s tackle.

Costa had opportunities to double his tally later in the game, but Arsenal’s vigilance kept the tie open and he was subbed off late in the match due to injury fears. Nonetheless, he proved to be a whammy again for the North Londoners, who must have grown sick at the sight of him by now.

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