Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo felt his decision to play John Terry was vindicated after the Blues captain came through the expected hostile reception at Arsenal to lead the team to a 2-1 victory.

Former England skipper Terry was earlier this week found guilty of using racist language towards Anton Ferdinand by a Football Association hearing. He was on the field as Fernando Torres fired Chelsea ahead and Juan Mata's free-kick squirmed in to secure three points for the European champions after Gervinho had equalised.

Di Matteo said: "It was the right side from my choice to pick him today. John showed his leadership qualities and what a good defender he is for the team."

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