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By Mike Henson

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  1. Chelsea 'lacked creative spark'

    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former Tottenham midfielder at Emirates Stadium

    Chelsea have just not been good enough in the second half but the effort has been there. They've had one or two underperformers. Eden Hazard has been their standout performer and N'Golo Kante has played well too, but going forward they've lacked that creative spark.

    Antonio Conte

    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Does Arsene Wenger not like that.

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    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Arsenal are doubling, at times tripling, up on Eden Hazard.

    The Chelsea man keeps offering for the ball. But he has been shepherded away from danger every time so far in this second half.

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    Arsenal fans - do you have any nails left?

    _John_louis_9: Arsenal please defend this. I don’t want to see late drama.

    beevis71: It's going to go to extra time, if any team can concede it's Arsenal

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    The Emirates crowd greet the ball as it flies their way and well over the crossbar from Marcos Alonso's left peg.

    Time ebbing away for the visitors.

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    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Shkodran Mustafi comes through the back of Ross Barkley - that betrayed some nerves.

    Thirty-five yards out and Marcos Alonso is lining it up....

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    SMS Message: As a Man City fan, was thinking Arsenal is preferred but on these performances I’d happily take either. from JP007
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    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Davide Zappacosta's frustration gets the better of him after Nacho Monreal nips in to steal the ball.

    He tugs back the Spanish full-back and gives away a free-kick. Which Arsenal take their pretty time over.

    Five to go.


    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    A double switch to try and put the dampener on this contest.

    Aaron Ramsey and Sead Kolasinac come on in place of Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi.

    Sead Kolasinac
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    Happy to oblige Burns, but I'm not sure this live text is exactly for you....

    SMS Message: I don't support either of these teams and I don't really care who wins. Can't you please show my text to cheer me up at work though? Sound one. from Burns
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    Michy Batshuayi's cross is cleared behind at the expense of a Chelsea corner.

    Ross Barkley's inswinging delivery is met by Antonio Rudiger, but the Blues defender sends a tame header looping over.

    Got his timing all wrong there.

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    All smiles for Arsenal fans at the moment. Can it stay that way?

    shado_75: Gunners are really making me proud tonight.

    okeugochris: First name on England World Cup sheet, Jack Wilshere

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    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Chelsea are leaving big holes at the back and the lure of a killer goal is making Arsenal commit to the counter attack in numbers.

    That one comes to an end via a dud pass from Alexandre Lacazette.

    With Chelsea turning the screw in terms of more possession and better attacking positions, this is on a knife edge.


    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    That could have been goodbye and good night for Chelsea.

    Arsenal at their warp-speed best as Hector Bellerin springs Mesut Ozil and the German squares for Alex Iwobi 15 yards out.

    The Arsenal man has time and is under little pressure, but his low shot is too close to Willy Caballero who sticks out a leg to save.

    Alex Iwobi
  15. Barkley struggling on debut?

    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Jermaine Jenas

    Former Tottenham midfielder at Emirates Stadium

    Ross Barkley

    Ross Barkley hasn't really had an impact on his debut. Granted, he's going to take a while to get up to speed but you'd expect a little bit more from your new signing.

    Tonight has provided a good opportunity for him but it just hasn't happened.

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    Marcos Alonso turns left and right trying to find a cutting pass on the fringe of the box, but has no options available.

    Instead he gets his head down and puts his laces through the ball.

    Too far underneath it.

    The ball sails over the Arsenal bar.

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    SMS Message: Injuries and deflections going Arsenal's way. Theirs to lose now. from Sam, Oxford
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    SMS Message: Rudiger with the own-goal and now the own-assist. Expecting a red card next. from Sam
    SMS Message: What is going on with the persistent fouling from Chelsea here. Ref is losing control. from Rick, Manchester
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    eddie: Can we please keep it compact at the back now for just 30 mins??!! Need Koscielny to organize the lads around him!!


    Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea

    Another roll of the dice by Antonio Conte.

    And it is fresh legs in the same role as Davide Zappacosta comes on for Victor Moses as another attacking full-back.

    Davide Zappacosta and Victor Moses