Found January 20, 2013 on
Chelsea held off a spirited second-half fightback from Arsenal to triumph 2-1 at Stamford Bridge as Rafa Benitez enjoyed the rare pleasure of a home Premier League victory.
The Blues were dominant in the opening 45 minutes and were two goals to the good at the break courtesy of Juan Mata's early opener and a Frank Lampard penalty soon after.
But the Gunners were transformed after the interval and reduced the deficit through Theo Walcott before the hour mark, but could not find a leveller as Chelsea held out to avoid a repeat of their midweek misery when they blew a 2-0 lead against Southampton.
Arsenal missed a glorious opportunity to open the scoring with only five minutes on the clock as Walcott threaded a ball through to Olivier Giroud, only for the French striker to fire across the face of Petr Cech's goal and inches wide of the far post.
Chelsea then went straight to the other end of the field and took the lead, with Mata collecting Cesar Azpilicueta's diagonal ...
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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata said Sunday's 2-1 win over Arsenal was significant, as his Blues side continue to chase the Premier League's top two.
An early goal from Mata put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge and was followed by a Frank Lampard penalty, with Arsenal's retaliation from Theo Walcott not enough to counteract the Blues performance.
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So after protracted negotiations over two years, Arsenal have now tied Theo Walcott down to a ‘long term’ contract.
The details if you are to believe the scribes out there are that Arsenal will pay Walcott GBP100,000 a week over the next three-and-half years making him the highest-paid player at the club.
Given the way Arsenal have been bleeding important players over the last...
Chelsea held off a stirring second-half fightback by London rival Arsenal to claim a 2-1 win on Sunday, tightening its grip on third place in the Premier League.
Juan Mata's excellent finish and a penalty from Frank Lampard gave Chelsea a two-goal lead after only 16 minutes, with Arsenal outclassed in the first half.
The visitors showed huge improvement in the second half and...