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Summary

  1. Chelsea 12 points clear at top of Premier League
  2. Alonso heads Chelsea in front from six yards
  3. Bellerin taken off injured - hurt by Alonso's elbow as Spaniard scores
  4. Hazard adds second with brilliant individual goal
  5. Fabregas adds third with lob after Cech error
  6. Giroud heads late consolation for Arsenal

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By Luke Reddy

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Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

And now that there are goals going in all over the place, I will bow out. 

You can click on our football page here and take in Manolo Gabbiadini's debut strike for Southampton, or Andy Carroll's equaliser for West Ham in the same fixture.

The opening 15 minutes of the 15:00 GMT kick-offs have thrown up six goals already.

If you still want to bathe in the glory Chelsea fans, the match report is here.

Congratulations on the win. Arsenal fans, chin up, there's still hope, well, a little.

Thanks for all your company. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

P.S. I'll be back to live text on Tottenham v Middlesbrough at 17:00 GMT. See you then. By the time my second stint is done, I'll be puffing my chest out like Marcos...

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Fed up with 'so-called' fans calling for change every time there is a defeat like they are entitled to play people off the park week in week out. How many of these fans supported Arsenal pre AW.. Spending cash or changing manager makes no difference, ask Man United fans! We have no divine right to beat teams. The players need to man up and AW needs to stop the loving father role and become a manager. Players are soft, get Keown on the coaching staff!

David, Arsenal fan.

Two sides to the banner game

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There are positive banners...

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And not so positive banners...

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'Chelsea are in a very strong position'

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More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We did fight until the end. At 3-0 down with 10 minutes to go, you can understand that the players are disappointed.

Asked if his side are still in the title race, Wenger said: "It is not the ideal subject after game like that. 

"Chelsea are in a very strong position. They look solid, difficult to beat and we needed to be better today.

"They don't lose against the big teams and that is always the secret to win a championship."

Not a foul - Conte

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: "It was an important game. I consider Arsenal one of the six teams that can fight for the title until the end of the season. To put them 12 points behind is very important for us.

"In four days we have had two games against two great teams. I think we are showing we deserve to stay on top of the table. I am very pleased for my players. In every session they show me great attitude and great will to fight and win this league."

Was the first goal a foul? "In England never. No."

On Hazard's individual goal: "Hazard shows always quality. I am pleased for him. Today his performance was very good with the ball. But I want to underline without the ball because he worked a lot for the team. When he plays this way he is a complete player."

"I must be crazy to think this would be the situation now. Our start wasn't good for many reasons. Only through work and great ability of the players has shown you can change the situation."

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So Arsene Wenger thinks the opening goal was a foul. What does Antonio Conte think? Coming next...

'We lacked maturity and experience'

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BBC Sport, asked about Chelsea's first goal: "It was a foul. If you look at a number of games recently we can feel sorry.

"It was 100% a foul, it was even dangerous play. That doesn't take anything away from the performance of Chelsea. 

"We had a strong start but didn't take the opportunites and after half time the second goal was the killer for us.

"We were really naive and not clinical in our defending. Then Chelsea looked the better side. We took risks and they were well organised and played well on the counter attack and looked powerful. 

"We lost ball the many times. In situations we lacked maturity and experience. Individually some of our players were not at their best today."

Who put a shift in?

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A look at the player tracking is interesting. Chelsea clocked 117km in total, Arsenal 112. 

That difference does not sound a lot but it is a fair old chunk. And guess what, N'Golo Kante did not run the furthest on the pitch - that goes to Nemanja Matic.

The big grafters:

Matic: 12.4km

Alonso: 11.94km

Kante: 11.92km

Oxlade-Chamberlain: 11.47km

Iwobi: 11.34km

Not over yet - Kante

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Chelsea's N'Golo Kante speaks to BBC Sport: "It wasn't the best we have played but it was important for us.

"The title is not finished, a lot of things could happen.

"When I was in France I just wanted to achieve the ambition of staying in French Ligue 1. I didn't expect to one day win a title. Last year what we did was amazing, this year we have not won anything."

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Sanchez under fire

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This guy is trending on Twitter in the UK. The consensus is he didn't do enough today.

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Cahill's revenge

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill speaks to Sky Sports: "Fantastic. It football you get opportunities to put things right. I remember walking off after defeat at Arsenal. I felt like a bit of a mug after that game.

"That result added a bit of desire. We are confident at home and we knew a win was vitally important. Personally I felt after that away game I wanted the chance to put thinsg right. It felt good today.

"We practice this formation and tactics. The manager is very thorough. We created a lot. We could have had more goals. Eden scored a special goal. For me that killed the game.

"We put ourselves in a great position. We knew today was important for that."

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Rob: What is there to say? We've been saying the same things about Arsenal for the last 10+ years! Nothing has changed! Ridiculous.

Bishop Yinkus: #WENGEROUT.

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Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Man Utd forward on Final Score

Chelsea were just better in all departments. You have to hold your hands up sometimes and admit it - "you're just better than us today".

Fabregas' first ever goal against Arsenal

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"Hide me."

Cesc Fabregas seemed grateful for the blanket cover as he refused to celebrate that gift of a goal.

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"You're welcome Cesc."

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'We scored three beautiful goals'

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Chelsea goal scorer Eden Hazard: "It is always good to score beautiful goals, against a massive team. I enjoyed the game and the goals. We scored three beautiful goals and we deserve to win this game." 

Asked what he was thinking when collecting the ball for his goal, Hazard said: "To dribble like I did. It is not like this in every game. I know I need to score more and today I did. I am happy.

"We created a lot of chances but in the counter attack we can get better.

"We are still top of league. We have good confidence and we want to finish the season and stay top."

'ROAR'

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There are some huge roars of "YEAH" in the tunnel at Chelsea. Huge, huge roars. I don't know who, but my guess is one of this pair.

Extroverts.

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Philippe Guyot: So disappointed by Sanchez : where is his head? Walcott and Ozil also below standard. Wenger not the only culprit!

Bishop Yinkus: You've single handedly destroyed your legacy at our darling club, pls go and leave us alone Arsene It's not a do or die affair.

Dr Damian Fogarty: More important defeat than Watford because Arsenal psychologically dropped in response to Chelsea goals instead of the opposite.

Arsenal's lack of authority

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A look at the stats shows Arsenal saw nearly 60% of the ball but had fewer shots on the day. Testament perhaps to the way the home side defended in organised fashion and attacked efficiently.

Arsenal just could not land meaningful punches. A strange game in many ways, they were in it but seemed reluctant to really stamp any authority.

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Chelsea fans, can you start celebrating?

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'Title is Chelsea's to lose'

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Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Radio 5 live

The title is Chelsea's to lose. I can't see them losing four or five games. They're playing brilliant football.

This is what it means...

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'Chelsea bullied Arsenal'

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Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Radio 5 live

Realistically, have Arsenal got ambitions of winning the title? I've not seen any passion or desire from them today.

Chelsea were fantastic, they bullied Arsenal and dominated from start to finish.

FULL-TIME

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And with a whimper, that looks like game over for Arsenal in the title race.

They fall 12 points adrift.

Chelsea are rocking and rolling. When Eden Hazard scored that superb solo goal, Roman Abramovich celebrated like a man who knowed he owned the title-winning side.

Antonio Conte dived into a section of Chelsea fans. It all went a little wild. And why not? Chelsea, champions? 

Almost.

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Raymond Little: How many times does this has to happen Arsenal before something changes?

Ricky Kelehar: If the Arsenal board don't start plotting for the next manager tomorrow, they are not doing their job.

Gooner72: I knew we would lose this game but the manner of it is just disgusting. No heart. No motivation. Wenger has got to go. NOW.

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As Danny Welbeck flashes a shot across goal, Roman Abramovich reaches into his pocket in the stands to get his mobile out.

He needs to see if those old boots he's flogging on Ebay have sold.

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One Arsenal fan holds a sign saying 'enough is enough, time to go.'

He's not talking about his own dash to make public transport. He's focusing on Arsene Wenger.

Experiment over from Conte

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Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Radio 5 live

I didn't see that coming!

David Luiz just got dragged out of position for the first time today. It's moments after they've changed to a flat back four, so Antonio Conte will be thinking "well, I'm not doing that again".

He's changed back to a back three instantly!

GOAL - Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud

Here is one for all of you who will call into phone-ins later on. Why did Olivier Giroud not start?

He's on the end of a good Nacho Monreal cross here to head low into the net.

Arsenal are done for and hence he keeps his head down after netting.

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A look at the average positions these sides have taken up shows show Chelsea use Marcos Alonso's legs going forward. The number three, seen here on the left, has been high up the pitch today.

interestingly, Victor Moses - who has just gone off - is the more conservative of the two wing-backs. Only 18 months ago he was playing off the striker. Now he's a wise guy picking his moments to venture forward.

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After a quick prayer, Kurt Zouma enters the pitch to replace Victor Moses.

'Fabregas looks embarrassed'

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Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Radio 5 live

Fabregas almost looks embarrassed at how easy that was.

I think he hit the camera with his lobbed finish! Fabregas was a fantastic servant for Arsenal, a former captain.

We said it might get interesting if Arsenal got the next goal. Forget about that.

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Cesc Fabregas

One for old time's sake. 

Petr Cech - ex-Chelsea - presents the ball to Cesc Fabregas - ex-Arsenal - leaving a simple lob into an empty net.

It's grade A garbage from Cech. The ball was thrown back to him and I don't really know what he tried. Part clearance, part pass, it was as confused as a Westminster politician right now. 

Fabregas has time 30 yards out to measure the lob. Job done. No celebration from the man sporting a thick beard. Maybe he was smiling underneath all that hair.

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A high-five and a big smile for Eden Hazard from Cesc Fabregas on the touchline.

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Willian will come on for Chelsea shortly. 

Arsenal probe down the left but a cross is deflected for a corner off Victor Moses.

I make this the 23rd corner. No one can say these teams haven't had a go.

Willian comes on for Pedro, Arsenal old boy Cesc Fabregas replaces Eden Hazard.

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Arsene Wenger is seen yelling into a microphone in the stands. Scream as loud as you want Arsene, it's just not happening.

Victor Moses has a ping from range. Well, I say ping, a toddler could have got more power on it.

'Chelsea have had a magnificent season'

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Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Radio 5 live

Just imagine, had Costa scored that penalty against Liverpool midweek, you'd have to say their lead at the top of the table would be unassailable. 

They've had a magnificent season so far.

GREAT SAVE!

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Thibaut Courtois may have just secured the points for Chelsea.

A downward Danny Welbeck header looks like it will nestle in the bottom corner but the keeper gets a hand to it to tip for a corner. Superb save. 

In comes the delivery, header by Shkodran Mustafi... wide. Game over?

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The ball bounces around in the Chelsea area and lands at the feet of David Luiz. 

The old David Luiz would have tried a step over and maybe a rabona in there. The new one just puts the ball out for a corner.

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