Juan Mata gave a midfield master class as Chelsea eased past Arsenal to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup in a 2-0 victory for the Blues.

Jose Mourinho's side took the lead in the 25th minute through right-back, Cesar Azpilicueta, after a impressive counter attack and a defensive error from Arsenal right back, Carl Jenkinson, which saw the young right back head a poor ball back and for Azpilicueta to poke it home.

The Blues then doubled their lead in the 66th minute when Juan Mata collected the ball from outside the 18-yard box and sailed home a fine strike from 22-yards to beat Arsenal reserve goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabiański.

Arsenal did have their chances though; Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal's shot from inside the box in the first half was inches away from being a fine goal for the Spaniard and Aaron Ramsey's shot from 25-yards in the second-half was just wide of veteran goalkeeper, Mark Schwazer.

However Arsenal fans had little to sing about this time round, under-fire striker, Nicklas Bendtner, showed little quality up front throughout the first half and looked like he didn't want to be there, and was booed off by the home fans as he left the pitch for substitute Olivier Giroud.

The man of the match was Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. The Spanish ace showed real quality with his elegant passing, sublime skill and his impressive second-half goal.

He gave this strong Chelsea team the confidence to easily beat their rivals.

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