Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
GiveMeSport at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea maintained their dominance in the Premier League by recording what was, in the end, a comfortable victory over Arsenal that places them nine points clear of their London rivals at this early stage of the season.
Arsenal had offered some early encouragement but it was Chelsea who took the lead through Eden Hazard, who won and converted a penalty. His excellent run was curtailed by Laurent Koscielny, who was booked for his intervention, but the Belgian got up to score.
Chelsea eased their nerves with little over 10 minutes remaining when Diego Costa, who had quiet afternoon, pounced on a through ball from Cesc Fabregas to record his ninth goal since moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
It was a match short on chances, but high on drama as the two managers, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, were involved in an altercation after a Gary Cahill challenge on Alexis Sanchez.
Thibaut Courtois - 5
Took a heavy knock to the head in an early collision with Alexis Sanchez. Was replaced by Petr Cech after 22 minutes. Went to hospital as a precaution.
Branislav Ivanovic - 7
Was under pressure during the first-half with Alexis Sanchez looking dangerous down the left-flank, but kept a clean sheet. Typically industrious and always a willing runner at the other end of the field.
Gary Cahill - 6
It was his foul that resulted in the pushing match between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger. Was given a yellow card but could have seen red.
John Terry - 7.5
A very quiet afternoon for the Chelsea captain. Arsenal failed to get behind the Chelsea backline thanks to their supreme defensive organisation, and Terry can take credit for that.
Cesar Azpilicueta - 7
Back in the Chelsea team having been left out against Filipe Luis and dealt will with the Arsenal attacking threat. Always a consistently solid performer.
Nemanja Matic - 7.5
Potentially as important as Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, and it is in these games against Chelsea's nearest rivals that his worth will be shown. Solid and composed against an Arsenal midfield packed with bright sparks.
Cesc Fabregas - 7.5
Played a part in both goals. His nice interchange allowed Eden Hazard freedom to make his penalty winning run into the Arsenal ball, before providing the assist the enabled Diego Costa to secure the points.
Eden Hazard - 8
Produced an excellent run to earn the Chelsea penalty and converted expertly. Enjoyed himself up against Calum Chambers for much of the afternoon. Always a threat.
Andre Schurrle - 6.5
In and out of the game on the right side of the Chelsea midfield and struggled to offer anything of note when he did have the ball at his feet. Replaced by John Obi Mikel in the second-half.
Oscar - 8 (man-of-the-match)
Was required more in his own half than the opposition's and made some important blocks and interceptions when Arsenal had the ball around the Chelsea penalty box. Was moved out onto the right flank after Mikel came on.
Diego Costa - 7.5
A quiet game for him the high standards he has set during his short time as a Chelsea player but sprung into life when it really mattered. Had been kept at bay by Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny but finished off the chance when it came his way to ensure victory.
Subs: Petr Cech, John Obi Mikel, Willian.
Wojciech Szczesny - 6
Was rarely called into action in what was a game of few clear chances. Produced one save of real importance, although knew very little about it as Mathieu Flamini's deflection hit his right hand and crashed into the post. Beaten a little easily by Diego Costa.
Calum Chambers - 6
Will miss Arsenal's next match after picking up his fifth booking of the season for a foul on Eden Hazard in the first-half. Had to keep his composure to deal with the Belgian for the rest of the afternoon, although was fortunate not to receive a second yellow card a for obstructing Andre Schurrle. Will have few more difficult opponents.
Per Mertesacker - 7
Had the imposing task of keeping a lid on Diego Costa alongside Laurent Koscielny and, until the closing stages, had done a decent job of preventing the Spain international from posing a threat. Will be disappointed with the simplicity of the Costa goal after so much hard work.
Laurent Koscielny - 7
Conceded the Chelsea penalty for a foul on Eden Hazard and was booked. Will be disappointed to have been beaten by a ball over the top from Cesc Fabregas having kept Diego Costa quiet for much of the game.
Kieran Gibbs - 7
Did his job for the afternoon defensively and can't be faulted for either of the Chelsea goals. Still lacks the quality Arsenal require in the attacking third.
Mathieu Flamini - 7
Arsenal look more secure with the Frenchman in the midfield instead of the injured Mikel Arteta but, as shown with an elbow on Diego Costa, prone to be reckless. Should have been sent off.
Jack Wilshere - 7
Had an excellent opportunity to get Arsenal back on terms but his touch let him down. It was always going to be a difficult afternoon up against this Chelsea midfield, but would have been frustrated that he was unable to carve out any chances for his team.
Santi Cazorla - 7.5
Playing in a central position once again following an impressive performance against Galatasaray. Often looked like Arsenal's most likely goalscorer given his ability to find openings on either foot, but was frustrated by a resolute Chelsea rearguard. Replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second-half.
Mesut Ozil - 6.5
Frequently dispossessed with too many touches often leading him into trouble. Was given the chance to play in the centre after Santi Cazorla was taken off, but was unable to offer anything of note for his team.
Alexis Sanchez - 7
Always looked dangerous in the first-half when Arsenal were in the ascendancy although lost his momentum a little after the foul from Gary Cahill. Was taken off for Lukas Podolski with the game already lost.
Danny Welbeck - 6.5
Practically a passenger in the second-half as Arsenal struggled to serve him with the ball. A sobering afternoon after his hat-trick against Galatasaray. Needs to show he can perform against the better teams.
Subs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski, Tomas Rosicky.
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