Diego Costa the talking point once again as Chelsea beat Arsenal

Chelsea have beaten Arsenal at the Emirates this afternoon, denying the Gunners a chance to return to the top of the table.

The North-London side came into the tie very much favourites, with a 16-point lead over their rivals in the Premier League, but the head-to-head stats were not in their favour.

Chelsea had won five of their last eight league matches against the Gunners, drawing the other three, with the home side having failed to score in the last five match-ups in the PL, and today was no different.

The visitors were very much the best team in the opening 15 minutes, and once Per Mertesacker was sent off, that dominance continued.

Diego Costa was not only the man credited with getting the home side down to 10 men, but also scored the only goal of the match, from a Branislav Ivanovic cross.

Arsenal improved in the second-half however, bringing the game to the Blues, but without a striker on the pitch, couldn’t muster the necessary goal.

What made Arsene Wenger decide to take off Olivier Giroud to fill the hole in defence with Gabriel only he will know, but no-one would be complaining about the decision had the side equalised.

One possible reason could have been that he was struggling for fitness in the run-up to the match, although he is yet to score a single goal against Chelsea in any of their previous encounters, and might not have made the difference anyhow.

Nacho Monreal certainly wished the striker was on the pitch, with him growing frustrated with having nobody to cross to in the six-yard box.

Sanchez was brought on for Joel Campbell, with the Chilean causing a nuisance for Chelsea’s defence.

It was Chelsea who looked closer to scoring in the final 10 minutes though, with Eden Hazard making a great run, but was unable to slip in Loic Remy, who should have had the ball played in front of him to shoot past Petr Cech.

Arsenal will not have been happy with the loss, but I’m sure they would much rather be in their own position than their conquerors this term.

Updated: January 24, 2016 — 10:10 pm
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