Match Report – Chelsea vs Arsenal – Premier League

A moment of individual genius from Eden Hazard ensured his Chelsea side have one hand on the Premier League title, following a 3-1 win over Arsenal.

The Belgian’s sublime solo effort early into the second half typified a dominant Chelsea performance as Antonio Conte’s side went 12 points clear at the top.

Goals either side of Hazard’s 53rd minute strike from Marco Alonso and Cesc Fabregas were enough to see Chelsea register their nineteenth win of the season.

Arsenal, who have now lost two in a row for the second time this season, had only a 93rd minute Olivier Giroud consolation to celebrate as the pressure rises yet again on Arsene Wenger.

Both teams started the game with attacking intentions; Alex Iwobi having an early shot deflected past the post for Arsenal, whilst a header from Gary Cahill following a right-wing Pedro cross reminded the Gunners of Chelsea’s threat.

But it seemed this reminder was not enough; another right-wing cross from the Spaniard Pedro was met by countryman Deigo Costa, who beat Bellerin in the air to see his header thunder the crossbar via Petr Cech’s fingertips.

The ball eventually flew up into the air and was met by Marco Alonso, who had enough of a run up to beat the recovering Bellerin and head in the rebound.

Arsenal’s full-back was dazed and had to be replaced, but a foul would have been harsh with both players clearly looking to win the ball.

The remainder of the half saw the league leaders attempt to turn the screw; Costa hitting the side netting in the best of Chelsea’s remaining first half chances.

But it was the Gunners who ended the first 45 the strongest; Gabriel, who came on to replace Bellerin, had a glorious chance to equalise as his header was tipped over by Thibaut Courtois.

Unfortunately for the visitors their strong end to the first half did not last long into the second, thanks mainly to Eden Hazard.

The attacking midfielder had proven a threat to Arsenal all game, and his second half goal epitomised not only his performance today, but his season.

With little present danger when he initially picked up the ball on the halfway line, Hazard used his momentum to shrug off Francis Coquelin with ease and finish the move by lobbing Petr Cech.

The remainder of the game saw Chelsea contain any form of attack Arsenal attempted to create; the visitors’ only threat coming when Danny Welbeck made a lively return from the bench.

But former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas capped off another impressive Chelsea display as he capitalised on a miskick from Cech to lob in a third.

The only light on a dark day for Arsene Wenger’s side was a late consolation for Olivier Giroud; the Frenchman heading in from a Nacho Monreal cross.

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