Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-1

The Blues produced a brilliant display to move 12 points clear at the top of the table after sweeping Arsenal aside at Stamford Bridge.

Marcos Alonso‘s first-half header, and strikes after the break by Eden Hazard and substitute Cesc Fabregas capped a wonderful afternoon for Antonio Conte‘s side, who were the better team throughout and fully deserved the victory.

Alonso reacted quickest to head home and give us the lead after Diego Costa‘s header had struck the bar and, in truth, Arsenal were lucky we didn’t add to our lead before half-time, although Thibaut Courtois did produce a fine save to deny Gabriel.

Hazard, who was outstanding throughout, extended our advantage with a stunning individual goal early in the second half and Fabregas capped a miserable day for the north Londoners by scoring against his former club with his first touch.

Despite Olivier Giroud’s consolation, Conte will have been delighted with the performance of his side, who end a tough week of fixtures in a fantastic position.

There was just one change to the side which drew at Liverpool on Tuesday as Pedro came into the starting 11 and Willian dropped down to the bench. The Spaniard was making his 50thPremier League appearance.

The midfield pairing of N’Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, so impressive at Liverpool, remained in place and Diego Costa led the line once again.

Blues legend Petr Cech started in goal for Arsenal and received a wonderful ovation from the home supporters. Hector Bellerin, a midweek substitute, was restored to the Gunners’ starting line-up at right-back and there was a start in central midfield for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The visitors threatened inside the opening couple of minutes when Alex Iwobi’s effort took a deflection and rolled inches past the post. Kante then robbed Alexis Sanchez to spark a quick Chelsea break but Pedro’s cross struck Bellerin before going out for a corner which came to nothing.

Gary Cahill headed straight into the ground from a Pedro free-kick after Victor Moses had been brought down, but from our next attack we took the lead.

The ball was worked out to Pedro on the right-hand side and his cross was a brilliant one. Diego Costa did well to get in front of Laurent Koscielny and as his header came back off the bar Marcos Alonso reacted quickest and nodded the ball into the back of the net.

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