LIVE UPDATE: (FULL TIME) Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

LIVE UPDATE: (FULL TIME) Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
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Jose Mourinho has pulled off another massive win against eternal rival, Arsene Wenger as the Premier League Defending Champions won 2-0 at home.

A Zouma header and a deflected Hazard shot endured that Wenger remains without a win in eight matches against the self-styled Special One.

Away from the win, there were controversial moments in the game; the sending off of Arsenal's two players in the second half raised the dust on whether the referee was against the Gunners or they were well-deserved red cards.

Here is how the match went:

It's another week of English Premier League action and Sports brings you the biggest match of the day; Chelsea at home to Arsenal.

There has been friction between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, managers of both clubs, and their rivalry is sure to be renewed today.

Mourinho called Wenger a specialist in failure, a comment which the Arsenal manager did not find funny.

He did prove his Chelsea counterpart wrong by defeating him in the season opening Community Shield and will be boosted by his recent victory.


Match Stat:

Chelsea are without a win in their last two Premier League matches and have chalked up only four points from a possible fifteen.

Arsene Wenger is yet to defeat the Defending Champions in seven EPL matches, a record he is going to try and clear today.

LIVE UPDATE: (FULL TIME) Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho were involved in a heated moment last season, will they repeat that today
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Petr Cech returns to his former club for the first time and the reception may be hostile against the Arsenal goalie.

Team list:

Chelsea XI: Asmir Begovic, Branislav Ivanovic (c), Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, Cezar Azpilicueta, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa.

Subs: Blackman, Terry, Mikel, Ramires, Loftus-Cheek, Falcao and Remy

Arsenal XI: Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Gabriel, Laurent Koscienly, Nacho Monreal, Francis Coquelin, Santi Carzola, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott

Subs: David Ospina, Mathieu Debuchy, Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Mikel Arteta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud.

Wenger refuses to shake Mourinho as the 'hoodoo' against the Gunners' Boss continues.

90' +4 Chelsea win another corner and the match is over at the Bridge.

90'+2 Ramires tries to get a third for Chelsea but his shot is deflected for a corner. Chelsea charge at Arsenal again and have won a free-kick just by the flank.

90' GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLL! Hazard's shot deflects off Chambers' back and Cech is well beaten for a second Chelsea goal. Five minutes added on here at the Bridge. Mikel comes in for Fabregas.

88' Koscienly again tries to initiate an unusual attack for Arsenal but he handles the ball and Chelsea get a free-kick.

86' Koscienly brings Hazard down on the edge of the Arsenal 18-yard box. Free-kick taken by Hazard, but the wall defend stoutly for a Chelsea corner.

85' Chelsea are looking more comfortable keeping the ball and stringing passes inside their half. Arsenal, patiently waiting to pounce.

83' Arsenal looking to create something put nothing at the Bridge. If the scoreline remains like this, they may have pulled a great coup against a normally ruthless Chelsea side.

LIVE UPDATE: (FULL TIME) Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal
Zouma heads past Petr Cech for the Blues' first goal
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81' SUBSTITUTION! Costa is taken off for Loic Remy as Mourinho is on the verge of beating Arsenal again.

78' RED CARD! Arsenal get a second sending off on the evening. Cazorla is booked for a late challenge on Fabregas. Just while the Gunners were beginning to gather momentum, they'll have to cope with playing for nine players for the rest of the game.

75' Arsenal seem reinvigorated courtesy the newly introduced players.

74' SUBSTITUTION! Sanchez is replaced by Chamberlain as Giroud comes in for Ozil. Corner kick Arsenal.

72' Arsenal are solid defensively and are also impressive on the counter.

71' Chambers is booked for a foul on Hazard as Chelsea get another free kick, Fabregas takes... blocked! But Chelsea are still with the ball.

69' Walcott offside for the third time in this game.

68' SUBSTITUTION! Ramires replaces Oscar as the Blues are looking for a way to cement their lead.

67' Chances came in quick succession for both sides, Walcott's counter attacking pass goes just behind Ramsey and Pedro's chance on the other end goes very wide.

66’ Chance presented by Oscar for Fabregas, but his shot was blocked. Ramires is set to come in for Oscar.

64’ Hazard gets a chance of his own, but he shoots just wide off the post. Olivier Giroud warms up for the Gunners, will he play a part in this match?

63’ Walcott gets a great chance to shoot from the edge of the Chelsea half and he does, but it goes really wide.

62’ Oscar is booked for a foul on Arsenal as referee allowed play to continue.

59’ CHANCE! Sanchez misses a glorious opportunity to put the Gunners back into the game but he misses against Begovic.

58’ No thorough fare for Arsenal now as Chelsea blocks all their chances.

57’ Hazard whips a fine shot at Cech, but the former Chelsea goalie does well to keep the score at 1-0.

55’ Chelsea have all the chances now and are looking to capitalise on the numerical advantage.

53’ GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! Fabregas chips in a fine free-kick from the edge of Arsenal’s 18-yard box and Zouma’s header beats Cech.

50' Chelsea clear for a counter but Costa misses under pressure from Arsenal's defenders.

48' Ivanovic is booked for a foul on Arsenal's Sanchez. Free-kick to Arsenal in a very dangerous area... taken, corner kick to Arsenal.

46' Chelsea start the second half on a bright note as expected and they almost got a goal courtesy of a Pedro volley.

SUBSTITUTION! Calum Chambers replaces Coquelin.

HALF TIME at the Bridge, talking point is the red card. Was it well deserved or a mistake by the referee?

45'+2 RED CARD! Gabriel is sent off following a purported challenge on Costa. Arsenal are down to ten men against Chelsea at the Bridge.

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Both managers reluctantly shook hands before the game
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45' Costa and Gabriel have been booked for an altercation.

42' CHANCE! Arsenal get a rare chance to go ahead in this game but Ramsey somehow loses the ball. Chelsea go for a counter and Cech saves from point blank range.

40' Arsenal concede a corner after Chelsea feel undone by a Sanchez foul on Oscar.

38’ Nice recovery by Zouma to keep Walcott off the ball, great defensive display by the young Blue.

37’ Chelsea try to get a goal here and Costa presents a fine pass to Pedro, but his shot goes well wide off the post.

36’ Zouma takes a promising shot from over 30yards out, but it goes way wide

32’ Arsenal’s Gabriel keeps Hazard from the ball after the Belgian had stolen the ball for a counter. Mourinho seems unhappy with this.

31’ Fabregas plays a delightful pass to Pedro, whose first touch was world class, but Cech comes out to save the Gunners.

30’ Santiago Cazorla is booked for a foul on Pedro.

28’ Walcott is played through on goal by Ozil but his shot could not beat Begovic who keeps the Blues in the game.

27’ Ivanovic fouls Sanchez again and is cautioned by the referee, he may get a booking hereif he persists.

25’ Chelsea’s forays forward are stopped by a resilient Arsenal defence. The Blues have been the much better side so far, asking all the questions.

23’ Costa gets another opportunity and uses it well this time, but Cech was on hand to save for the Gunners. He has kept four clean sheets for Arsenal in six games.

19' Costa gets the chance to shoot, but he hesitates... and gives the ball away.

17' Fabregas-Hazard-Oscar scheming things for Chelsea in Arsenal's half but there is no breakthrough as Arsenal stand stoutly in defence.

15' Chelsea players have improved greatly in the last five minutes, pulling a string of impressive passes together.

13' Walcott is caught offside for a second time in this game.

12' Walcott, who has seen much of the ball so far, is caught offside. Arsenal build again.

11' Beautiful piece of skill by Sanchez, but he shoots wide from a very good angle.

9' Ramsey is fouled and Arsenal quickly take. Nice defensive tackle by Oscar to win the ball from Sanchez, Arsenal are seeing more of the ball than Chelsea in this half.

7' Sanchez wins a foul for Arsenal and they take but Chelsea block perfectly.

5' First shot on target taken by Chelsea's Fabregas, but it poses no threat to Cech. The Spaniard is yet to score a Premier League goal at the Bridge.

3' Great pass from Bellerin to locate Walcott, but the Arsenal forward's first touch was too much. Goal kick Chelsea

2' Arsenal concede the first corner kick of the game and Chelsea defend well for a counter, but Coquelin stops Costa's move. Free-kick to Chelsea, sure to see more action as the match continues.

1' The Gunners kick us off at the Bridge and have conceded the first foul.

Both managers exchange handshake to clear the air on their disagreements. but will they do same after 90 minutes?

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.