Chelsea see off nine-man Arsenal

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Chelsea got back to winning ways in the Premier League as they beat nine-man Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

  • Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0
  • Gabriel sees red after Costa kick
  • Zouma heads Chelsea in front
  • Cazorla dismissed late on
  • Deflected Hazard strike seals win

Match Summary

Arsenal defender Gabriel was dismissed on the stroke of half-time after an altercation with Diego Costa before Kurt Zouma headed the home side into the lead just after the interval.

Santi Cazorla was dismissed for a second bookable offence late on before Eden Hazard's drive took a big deflection off Calum Chambers to beat Petr Cech.

Full Report

A first half of very few chances ended in controversy when Gabriel was shown a red card by referee Mike Dean after appearing to kick out at Costa.

The Chelsea striker had been involved in an incident with Laurent Koscielny prior to the dismissal when he initially put his hand in the face of the Arsenal defender before catching him with a swinging arm and then knocking him to the ground with his chest. He picked up a yellow card in the process.

Gabriel then confronted Costa and their row continued as they walked towards the halfway line before the Arsenal man had a little kick at the Spanish hitman and Dean gave him his marching orders.

Earlier in the half Theo Walcott had curled an effort straight at Asmir Begovic, while Pedro was played through on goal by Cesc Fabregas but the Chelsea attacker's first touch was heavy and Cech was quickly off his line to smother.

Chelsea also felt they should have had a penalty when Gabriel eased Hazard off the ball in the area but Dean was having none of it.

Arsene Wenger made a change at the break with Chambers coming on to fill the void at centre-back as Francis Coquelin made way.

And the deadlock was eventually broken in the 53rd minute when Fabregas' flighted free-kick to the back post was flicked home by the head of the unmarked Zouma.

Alexis Sanchez then squandered a great opportunity to draw the Gunners level when he miskicked from close range after a mix-up between Gary Cahill and Zouma.

Arsenal were reduced to nine men with 12 minutes to go, however, when Cazorla picked up a second yellow card for a late challenge on Fabregas and Chelsea sealed the three points when Hazard's fierce effort hit Chambers and flew past Cech. 

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