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Arsenal Defeat Chelsea At The Bridge

by on October 30, 2011

Arguably one of the most entertaining Premiership matches of all time yesterday at Stanford Bridge in the London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea. Robin Van Persie scored a brilliant hat trick which inspired Arsenal to an incredible victory against Chelsea.

The opening stages of this end to end match saw Chelsea coming close after opening up Arsenal’s defence a number of times. Then a few minutes later a great run from Theo Walcott who crossed for Gervinho but he could only drag his shot wide. Within sixty seconds later Arsenal had another glorious chance  to take the lead, after Van Persie shot sailed over from a perfect Walcott cross.

Chelsea scored the opening goal of the match through a Frank Lampard header after he got away from Per Mertersacker in the Arsenal box, to score from Juan Mata’s cross. Arsenal responded on the 36 minute after Ramsey superbly opened up the Chelsea defence with a through ball to Gervinho who squared it to Van Persie to score. Just before the half-time whistle Chelsea captain John Terry put the South London side back in the lead. After sending a scrambled finish past Szczensy in the Arsenal goal from Lampard’s corner.

Arsenal came out for the second half immediately attacking the Chelsea goal, with Van Persie’s shot blocked by Cech. Aaron Ramsey impressing for Arsenal in midfield and his effort going inches over. Brazilian full back Andres Santos was through on goal after Alex Song’s pass found a gap in the Chelsea defence and Santos finished well to equalized for the gunners.

Theo Walcott ran at the Chelsea defence before going down but he didn’t look for a free kick. He got straight back up to get the ball, get around three Chelsea players and strike it past Cech in the Chelsea goal. A wonderful solo effort from Walcott to put Arsenal in to the lead for the first time of the match.

Szczesny was fortunate to be on the pitch moments later only getting a yellow card after fouling Ashley Cole. Arsène Wenger made two substitutions taking off Johan Djourou and Theo Walcott for Carl Jenkinson and Thomas Rosicky.

Andre Santos misplaced pass to Meireles in the Arsenal half, the Portugal international found Juan Mata who unleashed a swerving effort from distance which beat Szczensy. Santos tried to win the ball back but thought he was fouled by Romelu Lukaku in the build up towards Mata goal.

John Terry stumbled to the ground after Florent Malouda over hit pass back to him which saw Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie through on goal and to skip past Cech to score. His second goal of the game had put Arsenal back in to the lead 4-3 to the North London side. Thomas Vermaelen came on for Gervinho late on.

The Dutchman wasn’t finished there though for the gunners, after scoring his third after finishing from an Arsenal counter attack. Thomas Rosicky started the move to find Mikel Arteta who played in Van Persie and his curling effort beat Cech. Van Persie had scored a hat trick for Arsenal, completing a brilliant day for the gunners.

In the build up towards the game many people said it was going to be a Chelsea victory but they were wrong. Arsenal defeated Chelsea 5-3 at Stanford Bridge not many would have expected it.

At the mommnt Van Persie is showing why he is one of the best player’s in the world continuing his brilliant form by scoring a hat trick. Aaron Ramsey’s performance from midfield was great to watch and Laurent Koscielny kept Torres quiet through out the game.

You can watch highlights of the match here. Theo Walcott and Van Persie interviews after the match. And Wenger interview after match. You can follow me on twitter if you want @AFC_93.


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  1. Zephaniah permalink

    Honestly speaking, Arsenal produced a spirited fight for them to cross the bridge, A credit to the Entire team though RVP stood out

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