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CHELSEA (6) VS (0) ARSENAL
22ND MARCH 2014
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FULL-TIME at Stamford Bridge15:14 71st min - GOAL!! Mohamed Salah
15:34 90th min - Two minutes of added time.
15:32 89th min - Arsenal must be hoping the pitch swallows them whole.
15:20 77th min - Wow, we literally haven't had the chance to introduce the Chelsea substitute to when egyptian Salah found himself one-on-one with the Arsenal 'keeper and he slotted his first goal for the club.
14:56 53rd min -
15:09 66th min - GOAL!! OSCAR with his second of the match
Still scoreless in the second half, which is
bizarre if you consider the chaos we saw in the opening 20 minutes of
the first half.
14:51 48th min - Chelsea start the half by shooting at Scezny's goal, first Torres and the David Luiz with the follow-up.
14:48 45th min - Arsenal get us underway in the second period. The have a mountain to climb.
14:25 40th GOAL!!!! OSCAR scores
14:16 31st min - Chelsea are treating this match like a training
exercise, Arsene Wenger didn't expect his 1000th match in charge to go
14:06 22nd min - Okay, this must be the most bizarre opening 20 or so minutes in a football match. Eto'o started the rout with a magnificent curling shot, then Schurrle scored two minutes after. The came the real drama, Hazard was in on goal after Torres squared the ball to him just outside the box. The Belgian then placed a shot to the far right post, and Oxlaid-Chamberlain dived and handled the ball in the box.
14:01 14th min - GOAL!! Hazard scores from the penalty spot.
13:52 8th min - GOAL!!!! SCHURRLE
13:49 5th min - GOAL!!!! Eto'o breaks, composes himself and curls the ball past
13:48 4th min - Olivier Giroud finds himself played through by Rosicky, good save from Cech.
13:45 1st min - Chelsea kick off under a sunny London sky and the match gets underway.
Here are some comments from our readers:
Chelsea:1 Petr Cech (G) 26 John Terry (D) 24 Gary Cahill (D) 2 Branislav Ivanovic (D) 28 César Azpilicueta (D) 14 André Schürrle (M) 4 David Luiz Moreira Marinho (M) 17 Eden Hazard (M) 11
Oscar dos Santos Emboada Junior (M) 21 Nemanja Matic (M) 29 Samuel Eto'o (F)
Tomorrow's London derby has special impetus for Arsene Wenger, the North London clubs longest-serving manager will take charge of his 1000th match for the Gunners who trail Jose Mourinho's Chelsea by four points, with a game in hand.
Chelsea, under Mourinho have been unbeaten at the Bridge for 75 games, and Arsenal , with injuries galore, aren't likely to upset the apple-cart when they meet tomorrow afternoon.
Chelsea's current form reads like this: Their last five matches including two champions league matches against Galatasaray with the second led tie ending in a 1-1 stalemate, two London derbies , where they thrashed Tim Sherwood's Tottenham and Felix Magath's Fulham. If Chelsea beat Arsenal, they'll go seven points clear and put themselves within touching distance of the title, as their remaining fixtures look to be the easiest out of the title contenders.
For Arsenal, this match could be the turning point in their season, the Gunners have a chance to put a spanner in the works.
Arsenal's form guide has been good, they're unbeaten in their last five matches, winning three matches in the league, against Tottenham, Stoke and most recently thrashing Sunderland 4-1, while a credible 1-1 draw in Munich against the defending European champions Bayern would have boosted their confidence, despite being knocked out of the competition.
They are still in the hunt for a double, after breezing past Everton 4-1 at home a few weeks ago.
Arsenal last beat Chelsea in 2009, when they beat their neighbours 5-3 at Stamford Bridge, since then the Gunners suffered three defeats and held the Blues to two draws. History certainly isn't on Wenger's men, and they'll be missing Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott. Arsenal have a depleted squad, which could turn the favour to Chelsea at their fortress.
Chelsea will be without Ramires and technically Mourinho should be only be allowed watch from the stands. Both teams are in good form, and the Premiership hasn't been this exciting in years, tomorrow's encounter could make it that much more interesting.