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Summary

  1. Gabriel and Cazorla dismissed for Gunners
  2. Zouma opens scoring before Hazard strikes
  3. Chelsea XI: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa
  4. Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis; Walcott

Live Reporting

By Chris Bevan

All times stated are UK

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Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

The Diego Costa discussion will go on and on - at least we are not talking (much) about a handshake anymore, hey?

But this is where I have to leave you...

For a developing match report go here.

And get the rest of the fall-out from Stamford Bridge, plus all the team news and build-up for all the 15:00 BST games here.

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Danny Mills

Former player on Final Score

"The problem is the ref will now hide behind the letter of the law. He will say, "He raised his arm". Raising your arm is not a red card offence. 

"There was more than enough to send Costa off in that situation. Referees seem very reluctant to actually talk to players these days". 

"A ridiculous situation"

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Danny Mills

Speaking on Final Score

"The inconsistency of the referee is ridiculous. Is it violent conduct? No. Is it endangering a player? No. It's definitely not a red card". 

"It's not about you, Mike Dean!"

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Garth Crooks

Final Score

"Every so often I think you need a referee in a situation who is sensible, and treats the players like men.

"If no-one had been sent off in that clash between Costa and Gabriel, no-one would have screamed. 

"The only man who was interested in sending someone off was the official. Don't look for excuses to send players off. Just do you job and try and keep it 11 v 11. 

"Mike Dean is a really good referee but he has one fault - he wants to be the star too often. It's not about you, Mike. People pay good money to see good football. It's not about you behaving like a schoolteacher."

"It all changed in that moment"

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"It was a great game in the first half, but it all changed in that moment between Gabriel and Costa. Have a good look at every camera angle, and the most important angle is the one where you can see how the referee say a kick out from Gabriel. If he did do it, Gabriel had to go - full stop."

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

So, Chelsea return to winning ways... Diego Costa was not on the scoresheet but you can bet your bottom dollar he will what everyone will be talking about after this match. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will surely have an opinion on the part the Blues striker played in Gabriel's sending off before half-time.

FULL-TIME

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

No handshakes between the managers at full-time. Arsene Wenger is straight off down the tunnel, while Jose Mourinho celebrates with his players.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

 John Obi Mikel came on for Cesc Fabregas in the aftermath of Chelsea's second goal and has a think about having a shot after picking up the ball inside the Arsenal half. That would have been a collectors' item. In the end he thought better of it and passed it to a Blues team-mate.

"So many positives for Chelsea"

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"There are so many positives for Chelsea. They haven't played brilliantly today but they have managed to beat their great rivals Arsenal. And Hazard finally gets a goal, and he has played with quality. 

"It's been a great game for Chelsea and now they can build from here. And you suspect that they will.

"Do you think there will be a handshake between the managers at the end?"

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Arsenal's nine men have still not given up completely, although you could hardly blame them if they did.

Instead, Theo Walcott's nod down in the area finds an onrushing Aaron Ramsey but Asmir Begovic is there to deny the Gunners what would surely only have been a consolation.

GOAL - Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Eden Hazard (91 mins)

That really is that, as Chelsea make it 2-0 with a goal that sums up Arsenal's day. The ball breaks to Eden Hazard on the edge of the area and his shot takes a massive deflection off Calum Chambers on its way past Petr Cech.

Eden Hazard
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Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Every time an Arsenal player commits a foul, the Chelsea fans bellow "off, off, off". Mike Dean is keeping his cards in his pocket at the moment, though, and Chelsea are still keeping hold of the ball.

"Arsenal should still take chances"

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"Up until the second sending off I still thought there was a chance for Arsenal in this. But Arsenal should still take chances - why not? So they end up losing 2-0, so what?"

You can listen to live commentary of this fixture via the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Chelsea's dominance continues. 

Laurent Koscielny trips Eden Hazard on the edge of the Arsenal box. The Belgian takes the free-kick himself, but his shot hits the top of the wall and flies over.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal cannot get a touch at the moment.

"Costa has been walking a tightrope"

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

Diego Costa
EPA

"Costa had been walking a tightrope. Just before he was substituted he took another risk, tangling with Oxlade-Chamberlain. And now Mourinho has removed him."

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Chelsea are playing keep-ball in their own half as we enter the last five minutes of the 90.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal have not given up yet, mind. Olivier Giroud wins a free-kick from Ramires about 40 yards out. The Gunners send as many men forward as they can into the Chelsea area... but the delivery from Aaron Ramsey is poor and does not reach any of them. A massive waste.

"A bad tackler's challenge"

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"It's a bad tackler's challenge from Cazorla. He's a guy who's not very good at tackling. He tried to pull out but he caught Fabregas and he had to go. There was not an ounce of malice in the challenge, but he had to go."

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

The points are in the bag, or may as well be, for Chelsea but Diego Costa still seems determined to pick a fight with every member of the Arsenal defence. No wonder Jose Mourinho wants to get him off the pitch before he gets a second booking too.

Costa basically got Gabriel sent off earlier, and he is going off now too - to be replaced by Loic Remy.

RED CARD

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Any hopes of an Arsenal fightback are surely over now though...

Santi Cazorla was already on a booking and is shown a second yellow card after sliding in late on Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

The Gunners are down to NINE men.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

This is a decent little spell by Arsenal but they need to make it count. At the moment that is not happening Theo Walcott sees his shot deflected wide but Chelsea easily clear the resulting corner.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Chelsea are too slow when they break forward and it is Arsenal's 10 men who look more of a threat when they have the ball. Hector Bellerin's cross looks to pick out Olivier Giroud but Kurt Zouma is up to head it to safety.

"There's a lot of time left"

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

Arsene Wenger and Arsenal staff
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"I'm looking forward to Arsene Wenger's post-match press conference already, but there's a lot of time left in this match. 

"Since Chelsea's goal, Arsenal have fashioned one or two half-chances. This is certainly not over yet."

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

A final throw of the dice by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are replaced by Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Chelsea are completely dominant at the moment in terms of possession but cannot fashion a shooting chance, with Diego Costa losing out to Laurent Koscielny. While it stays at 1-0, Arsenal are still in this.

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Calum Chambers has done pretty well in the Arsenal defence since coming on at half-time but Eden Hazard is too quick for him here. That's a yellow card for the centre-half.

Zouma off the mark

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Before today, Kurt Zouma had scored in the FA Cup and League Cup for Chelsea, but never in the Premier League.... he has put that right now.

Chelsea v Arsenal
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SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

A change for Chelsea. Oscar has been impressive in defence and attack (and midfield) for the Blues today, but he is carrying a knee injury and is being replaced by Ramires.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal's 10 men are giving this a good go in the circumstances but they have to be careful - Chelsea are finding space down the flanks and Eden Hazard skips clear down the right before firing a low shot a few inches wide of Petr Cech's right-hand post.

"There's still plenty of tension"

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

Chelsea v Arsenal
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"This is no longer such a good game to watch now that Arsenal are down to 10 men, but there's still plenty of tension here."

YELLOW CARD

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Another sniff for Arsenal as Theo Walcott tries his luck from the left-hand corner of the box but his shot curls a long way wide. Referee Mike Dean had allowed the advantage after Oscar fouled Laurent Koscielny but did not forget it, and books the Brazilian.

"An excellent chance for Arsenal"

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Pat Nevin

BBC Radio 5 live

"A great chance for Sanchez. He had to snatch at it because the ball came from a strange angle, but that was an excellent chance for Arsenal in these circumstances."

You can listen to live commentary of this fixture via the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal's 10 men are all behind the ball when Chelsea have possession, but looking to spring forward when they win it back. There are long spells where the Blues are just spraying passes around though.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

This is better from the Gunners though. A high ball into the Chelsea box has Kurt Zouma stretching and struggling but Alexis Sanchez cannot make proper contact as it bounces through. He was under pressure from Branislav Ivanovic but you would expect better from the Chilean.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal

So, how do Arsenal's 10 men respond to this? Not too well so far - Eden Hazard has just brought another good save from Petr Cech with a stinging shot from the edge of the area.