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Chelsea   2 - 0   Arsenal

John Terry
John Terry celebrates after helping Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Stamford Bridge

John Terry's week of turmoil ended with a measure of consolation as he helped Chelsea return to the Premier League summit and apply a potentially fatal blow to Arsenal's title ambitions.

Terry, stripped of the England captaincy by coach Fabio Capello amid allegations of an affair with the ex-girlfriend of international team-mate Wayne Bridge, received vociferous backing from Chelsea's fans as he led his side into a crucial battle.

Blues coach Carlo Ancelotti has also been fervent in his public support of Terry, and was rewarded with a typically robust defensive display and a vital early contribution in attack that set his side on the path to victory.

Terry helped to create Didier Drogba's first goal after winning a header from Florent Malouda's corner - and the striker continued his stunning form against Arsenal by scoring his 12th goal in 10 starts against the Gunners with an emphatic strike before half-time.

Drogba almost completed his hat-trick late on when he hit the bar with a free-kick, but by that stage the game was won and Arsenal's misery was complete.

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The focus was all on Terry, and once again he demonstrated his ability to overcome personal difficulties in a football environment by ensuring the Gunners never seriously threatened a comeback.

It was a display which will also have pleased England coach Capello, who will be looking for vital signs of how Terry responds to his decision to take away the captain's armband and hand it to Rio Ferdinand.

Terry ended the game with strapping on his left leg after an accidental clash with goalkeeper Petr Cech, but responded to applause from Chelsea's fans by throwing his shirt into the crowd and giving away his captain's armband.

For Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who knew defeat would more or less turn the title into a two-horse race between Chelsea and Manchester United, it was an afternoon of very public torture and his body language suggested he is feeling the strain of Arsenal's faltering challenge.

Wenger frustrated by Arsenal loss

Wenger was fiercely animated throughout, prepared to bandy words with anyone from fourth official Peter Walton, the Chelsea management team to even his own players. He cut a desperately disappointed figure for much of the game as the frustrations of defeat closed in.

He now knows Arsenal's only realistic hope of silverware rests with the Champions League - and nothing on display at Stamford Bridge suggested that is a viable option.

Andrey Arshavin missed a good chance to equalise and Chelsea keeper Cech saved well from Cesc Fabregas in the second half, but once again Arsenal looked too lightweight and flimsy when faced with one of the Premier League's powerhouses.

Chelsea, in contrast, will regard this win as a real statement of intent as they reclaimed top spot swiftly after Manchester United's 5-0 win against Portsmouth at Old Trafford.

Chelsea players back Terry - Drogba

Terry reacted to the show of faith from Chelsea's fans by setting up Drogba's first goal after only eight minutes. Arsenal were guilty of criminally poor marking from Malouda's corner, allowing Terry to head across the face of goal for Drogba, left unattended by Alex Song, to score at the far post.

The visitors' response offered a measure of optimism, and Arshavin should have levelled when he stole in on Cesc Fabregas' pass, only to strike his finish against the legs of Cech.

It was to prove an expensive miss as Chelsea exposed all parts of Arsenal's vulnerability to double their advantage after 23 minutes.

Arsene Wenger's side are never more vulnerable than when they are on the attack, as Everton and Manchester United have proved recently, and they were victims again when Lampard broke up a move deep in Chelsea territory. He raced forward and found Drogba, who swept past Gael Clichy with embarrassing ease before powering a shot beyond Manuel Almunia.

Ancelotti hails Chelsea's defence

Wenger made a frustrated retreat to his technical area as he saw Arsenal's lingering title hopes suffer another grievous blow.

Ashley Cole almost made it three after Lampard's pass cut open Arsenal's defence, but Almunia raced from his line to block the England defender.

The Gunners needed to make an early impact after the break, but it was Chelsea who almost extended their lead when Drogba's cross found Malouda, whose half-hit shot was turned towards goal by Lampard, but Almunia was alive to the danger.

Wenger's side finally managed to apply some pressure, but found Chelsea's defence in resilient mood as Cole made a superb saving tackle as Samir Nasri shaped to shoot and Cech saved well from Fabregas' low free-kick.

It was only a token threat from this fading Arsenal side - and all that remained was for Terry to take the acclaim from Chelsea's fans at the final whistle as they celebrated their return to the top of the table.

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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Drogba 8
  • Drogba 23

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Ref: DeanAtt: 41,794
    CHELSEA
    ARSENAL

    Possession

    • Chelsea 44%
    • Arsenal 56%

    Attempts on target

    • Chelsea 3
    • Arsenal 6

    Attempts off target

    • Chelsea 6
    • Arsenal 8

    Corners

    • Chelsea 4
    • Arsenal 8

    Fouls

    • Chelsea 11
    • Arsenal 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:51 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+5:17 The assistant referee flags for offside against Salomon Kalou. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
    • 90:00+1:59 Salomon Kalou is ruled offside. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+0:26 Substitution Didier Drogba goes off and Salomon Kalou comes on.
    • 89:52 The ball is sent over by Samir Nasri, Header by Francesc Fabregas from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
    • 87:51 Shot from just outside the area by Thomas Vermaelen misses to the left of the target.
    • Correction - 87:35 Booking Booking for Joe Cole for dissent.
    • 87:35 Emmanuel Eboue takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:35 Booking Joe Cole receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 87:09 Booking Caution for Yuri Zhirkov.
    • Correction - 87:04 Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by Yuri Zhirkov results in a free kick.
    • 87:04 Emmanuel Eboue fouled by Yuri Zhirkov, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 86:18 Ricardo Carvalho takes the direct free kick.
    • 86:18 Substitution Joe Cole is brought on as a substitute for Nicolas Anelka.
    • 86:18 Unfair challenge on Frank Lampard by Alex Song results in a free kick.
    • 83:35 Frank Lampard produces a cross, Shot on goal by Nicolas Anelka from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 83:35 Booking Francesc Fabregas is shown a yellow card.
    • 83:28 Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba.
    • 82:26 Shot on goal comes in from Didier Drogba from the free kick,
    • 82:26 Booking Booking for Alex Song for unsporting behaviour.
    • 82:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Frank Lampard.
    • 80:54 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Yuri Zhirkov coming on for Michael Ballack.
    • 79:51 Centre by Samir Nasri, save by Petr Cech.
    • 77:29 Samir Nasri crosses the ball, John Terry makes a clearance.
    • 76:42 Shot by Nicklas Bendtner. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
    • 75:14 Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Ballack has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.
    • 75:01 Ashley Cole produces a cross, Samir Nasri gets a block in.
    • 74:44 Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Direct free kick taken by Michael Ballack.
    • 74:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel by Alex Song. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 73:29 Substitution Emmanuel Eboue joins the action as a substitute, replacing Bacary Sagna.
    • 73:29 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Tomas Rosicky coming on for Vassiriki Diaby.
    • 70:56 Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on Didier Drogba. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
    • 70:08 Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Michael Ballack results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.
    • 69:18 Alex Song crosses the ball, Petr Cech makes a brilliant save.
    • 67:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricardo Carvalho on Nicklas Bendtner. Francesc Fabregas fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 65:28 Samir Nasri produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 63:38 Substitution Nicklas Bendtner is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott.
    • 62:26 Bacary Sagna crosses the ball.
    • 58:50 Michael Ballack has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 57:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Florent Malouda on Vassiriki Diaby. Alex Song takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:25 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save.
    • 53:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vassiriki Diaby by Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.
    • 52:50 Effort from outside the area by Samir Nasri goes wide right of the goal.
    • 52:38 Short corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line.
    • 52:21 The ball is delivered by Gael Clichy, Ricardo Carvalho makes a clearance.
    • 51:01 Didier Drogba produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 50:12 Unfair challenge on Mikel by Alex Song results in a free kick. John Terry takes the free kick.
    • 48:52 Outswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line, save by Petr Cech.
    • 48:29 Florent Malouda concedes a free kick for a foul on Vassiriki Diaby. Alex Song takes the free kick.
    • 47:20 Corner taken by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:00+1:12 Florent Malouda concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Vermaelen. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Francesc Fabregas. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
    • Half Time
    • 44:31 The referee blows for half time.
    • 43:58 Short corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line.
    • 43:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.
    • 42:24 Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicolas Anelka. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
    • 41:19 The ball is crossed by Bacary Sagna, John Terry makes a clearance.
    • 38:07 Centre by Florent Malouda, clearance made by William Gallas.
    • 36:26 Gael Clichy produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.
    • 35:27 Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
    • 33:49 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line to the near post, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:06 The referee blows for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
    • 32:03 Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:42 Drilled left-footed shot by Ashley Cole. Save by Manuel Almunia.
    • 30:38 Foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Mikel.
    • 28:55 Effort from the edge of the area by Francesc Fabregas goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 27:44 The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Petr Cech makes a brilliant save.
    • 26:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Ballack on Bacary Sagna. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.
    • 25:04 Alex Song challenges Mikel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:40 The ball is swung over by Samir Nasri, save by Petr Cech.
    • 24:31 Bacary Sagna sends in a cross, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
    • 23:25 Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Alex Song results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel.
    • 22:19 Assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.
    • 22:19 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 2 - 0 Arsenal Didier Drogba gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal.
    • 19:47 Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
    • 19:17 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 19:04 Shot by Andrey Arshavin from 18 yards. Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.
    • 18:00 Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Vassiriki Diaby. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
    • 17:21 The referee blows for offside against Vassiriki Diaby. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 16:50 Shot from 12 yards by Andrey Arshavin. Save by Petr Cech.
    • 16:08 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba makes a clearance.
    • 15:56 Effort from 18 yards by Samir Nasri. Petr Cech gets a block in.
    • 15:21 The offside flag is raised against Didier Drogba. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:28 Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
    • 12:58 Francesc Fabregas takes the inswinging corner, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
    • 12:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka. Manuel Almunia takes the direct free kick.
    • 8:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Andrey Arshavin. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
    • 7:06 Assist by John Terry.
    • 7:06 GOAL - Didier DrogbaChelsea 1 - 0 Arsenal Goal scored by Didier Drogba from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal.
    • 6:56 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line.
    • 3:03 Nicolas Anelka fouled by Gael Clichy, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Didier Drogba from right channel, clearance by Theo Walcott.
    • 2:41 Samir Nasri has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
    • 2:40 Gael Clichy takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 2:11 Foul by Theo Walcott on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
    • 2:02 Theo Walcott handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 1:06 Effort from 18 yards by Vassiriki Diaby. Ricardo Carvalho gets a block in.
    • 1:06 Alex Song takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Ricardo Carvalho.
    • 0:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Michael Ballack. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    7 Feb 2010 23:59 UK


    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 7 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 25 40 58
    2 Man Utd 25 41 56
    3 Arsenal 25 30 49
    4 Liverpool 25 17 44
    5 Tottenham 25 20 43
    6 Man City 23 13 41
    7 Aston Villa 24 13 41
    8 Birmingham 24 0 37
    9 Everton 24 -2 32
    10 Fulham 25 -1 31
    11 Stoke 23 -4 29
    12 Blackburn 25 -18 28
    13 Sunderland 24 -10 25
    14 Hull 25 -25 24
    15 Burnley 24 -22 23
    16 Wigan 23 -23 23
    17 Bolton 23 -15 22
    18 West Ham 24 -10 21
    19 Wolves 24 -22 21
    20 Portsmouth 24 -22 15

    see also
    Win ends difficult week - Drogba
    08 Feb 10 |  Premier League
    Sunday's football as it happened
    07 Feb 10 |  Football
    Sunday's football photos
    07 Feb 10 |  Football
    Capello strips Terry of captaincy
    05 Feb 10 |  Football



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