Arsenal v Chelsea LIVE Premier League action as it happens

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Arsenal v Chelsea – as it happens from the Emirates



13:17 GMT, 29 September 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Arsenal host London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates to kick off the weekend's action. Both sides have impressed at the start of the season with creative players Santi Cazorla and Eden Hazard getting the juices flowing in particular. Who will come out on top today Kick-off is at 12.45pm.

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Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Diaby (Oxlade Chamberlain 17) Arteta, Ramsey (Walcott 66); Cazorla, Gervinho, Podolski (Giroud 66).

Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Santos, Mertesacker

Goal: Gervinho 42

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Hazard, Oscar (Moses 72), Mata; Torres.

Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Bertrand, Azpilicueta, Romeu, Lampard

Goal: Torres 20, Mata 52

Attendance: 60,101

Ref: Atkinson

72mins: Another good save by Cech as he palms a shot which deflected off Luiz wide of goal. On comes Victor Moses for Oscar, who looks tired after a good display.

69mins: Good tackle by Ivanovic as Arsenal try and counter. The game is very tense but Chelsea are trying to slow it down and keep hold of the ball, helped by Mikel always making himself available to receive it.

67mins: Chelsea play down the right but that's a lazy cross from Torres when he could have done more with it.

66mins: Luiz cuts out Gibbs cross at the near post and is relieved to see it go wide of Cech's goal. Walcott and Giroud replace Ramsey and Podolski. Ramsey had a poor second-half.

65mins: Giroud and Walcott are ready to come on. Both scored against Coventry in the Capital One Cup.

64mins: Chelsea break at speed but good positioning from Arsenal's defence slows it down and Oscar's shot is blocked.

Taken out: Torres was brought down by Vermaelen and Mata scored the resultant free-kick

Taken out: Torres was brought down by Vermaelen and Mata scored the resultant free-kick

63mins: As on Wednesday, Mata has been sublime. He looked jaded at the start of the season and was overshadowed by Hazard. But since he was rested for a week he's been at the top of his game.Great to watch.

62mins: Torres ends a Chelsea counter-attack by falling over his own feet on the halfway line. Oops.

61mins: Slack pass by Ramsey brings Arsenal attack to an end… but Arteta wins it back and Jenkinson goes down on the edge of the box and gets a free kick. Cole protests and I think he has a point.

60mins: Hazard delivers a free-kick from the left after Oscar was brought down by Koscielny, but it's headed away. He's no Mata.

58mins: Incredible save by Cech! Podolski's header from six yards flicked away by the keeper.

57mins: That was the perfect free-kick from Mata, so difficult to defend. The goal came against the run of play, can Arsenal recover

55mins: That was another brilliant cross from Mata. Mannone had no chance because of the whip on the ball. But if Koscielny hadn't touched it, might the keeper have reached it Maybe. It was the smallest nick, but it was enough.

Goal! Mata! Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Vermaelen was booked for bringing down Torres on the break. Juan Mata took the free kick – from a similar position to where he crossed the one for Torres' goal, and it curled into the far corner, via a slight deflection from Koscielny.

Flashback: Gervinho's strike flew past Cech

Flashback: Gervinho's strike flew past Cech

49mins: Podolski drives into the box after a good ball from Gibbs. Cole cuts out the cross but Cazorla skews the ball wide after a poor connection on the shot.

47mins: Luiz is booked for diving in the Arsenal box. Certainly wasn't a foul. The Brazil defender says to the ref that he wasn't asking for a penalty so how could it be a dive But I think Atkinson is right. The only reason for him to go down there was to try and win a spot-kick.

46mins: Podolski ghosts into the Chelsea box but Luiz cuts out the danger. The Blues have earned a cheap corner though as Torres was dispossessed.

*Second-half begins*

Having another look at the goals and both of them should have been defended better. Koscielny was easily outmuscled by Torres for the first – and why was Luiz unmarked

And Luiz and Terry were carved wide open when Gervinho scored. Both backed off him, leaving him in acres of space and under no pressure.

It's been a good match so far and the second half has the potential to be better still.

Decisions: How will Arsene Wenger and Roberto Di Matteo (below) change things in the second half

Decisions: How will Arsene Wenger and Roberto Di Matteo (below) change things in the second half

Di Matteo


45+2mins: Torres cuts inside but finds the side netting.

45mins: Just as I say that, Oscar breaks away and fires a shot wide. He wants a corner and the replay shows it clipped Vermaelen. But the referee does not oblige.

44mins: Arsenal have come alive, Chelsea are on the rocks. Three mins of added time, the Blues need to steady the ship as soon as possible.

Goal! Gervinho! Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

Superb goal by the Ivorian! He collected a low Oxlade-Chamberlain cross from the right around the penalty spot, teed himself up as the Chelsea defence seemed to shrink, then blasted the ball high past the helpless Cech.

Stunner: Gervinho rifles in the equaliser

Stunner: Gervinho rifles in the equaliser

39mins: Ox plays in Cazorla who's shot is blocked. Clever pass from the England international because the Chelsea defence were expecting a cross.

38mins: Oscar, who has been pinning down Mikel Arteta all game, is booked for a foul on the Spaniard.

36mins: Ivanovic evades a wild challenge and plays in Hazard who gets to the byline and crosses with a beautiful rabona. It doesn't reach its target though and the ball falls to Mikel on the edge of the box.

Now, if you've seen him shoot before, you know what happens next.

If you haven't, take cover.

Tussle: Ashley Cole chases Aaron Ramsey

Tussle: Ashley Cole chases Aaron Ramsey

35mins: Late challenge by Ramsey on Oscar earns the Welsh youngster a yellow card.

34mins: Good few minutes for Arsenal, a few dangerous crosses sent into the box. Maybe these would work better with Giroud on

31mins: Captain Vermaelen launches one from 40 yards out but it ends up in the stand. Poor effort, but he has scored from long distance before.

28mins: Lovely play by Oscar and Mata sets in Torres but he's offside.

27mins: Gervinho with a chance at the far post, but his header from a tight angle comes back into the 6 yard box where Terry chests it back to Cech, cool as you like.

26mins: Would the Torres of old have taken that ball to the edge of the box before bending it in to the far corner Probably.

Celebration: Terry joins Torres

Celebration: Terry joins Torres

22mins: This is really heating up! Cazorla wanted a penalty after Mikel beat him to the ball to head it away – not really sure what he was complaining about.

Then Torres broke away, in on goal, took it to the side of Mannone but Koscielny came back and as Torres tried to pull the trigger his shin clipped Koscielny's and he ended up pulling off an air shot.

Torres wanted a penalty as well, but even though he was caught, I don't think it warranted one because it happened as Torres pulled his foot back to shoot.

21mins: Arsenal cry for a penalty…. Chelsea break away and Torres is in! But he wastes the chance. Unbelievable.

GOAL! Fernando Torres! Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

Mata whipped in the free kick, Luiz was left free in the middle but it went past him and Torres cleverly stuck a leg out from behind his marker to strike from close range. A poacher's finish.

Breakthrough: Fernando Torres opened the scoring

Breakthrough: Fernando Torres opened the scoring

19mins: Late tackle from Vermaelen on Hazard. Free kick from the right which Mata will take.

17mins: On comes The Ox. Diaby was injured when he hit that shot after 11 mins.

15mins: It looks like Abou Diaby has picked up a knock and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the sidelines and ready to enter the fray.

13mins: Cazorla escapes a couple of niggly challenges and spreads it to the left, but Arsenal lose the ball.

11mins: Diaby skips past two and powers in a low strike that Petr Cech takes into his chest comfortably.

10mins: Ashley Cole is of course picking up a few boos as well. But it seems Terry is public enemy No 1 at the moment.

Captain, leader: Terry organises the defence

Captain, leader: Terry organises the defence

9mins: Gervinho cuts it back from the right but Cazorla blasts it into the stands from the edge of the box.

8mins: Predictably Arsenal fans jeer JT and Chelsea fans cheer him. 'You know what you are', sing the Gunners. 'John Terry has won the double' reply the Blues.

7mins: A scrappy start to the game. Neither side has really got hold of the ball and strung a few passes together yet.

4mins: Ramsey fires wayward and wide from distance.

2mins: Luiz takes it and though it bounces before Mannone, he holds on to it.

1min: Hazard is chopped down about 30 yards from goal, free-kick to Chelsea. David Luiz and Juan Mata stand over it.

12.45: Kick-off!

12.42: The teams are coming out onto the pitch. All the Arsenal players shake hands with John Terry. They were set an example earlier by Gunnersaurus (below).

12.35: Arsenal's defence this season has been superb. Even though it features Carl Jenkinson! That's harsh of course, because Jenko, as he is affectionately known, has played very well and deserves his place in the team.

12.33: Of course, this is the first time Arsenal have met Chelsea since Didier Drogba left the club. The impact the Ivorian target-man had on matches between the sides is well documented, but just in case you've missed it, he scored 13 goals in 14 games against the Gunners.

Shake on it: Terry with Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus

Shake on it: Terry with Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus

12.32: I wonder how Fernando Torres will play today. At times this season he's been excellent – for example, the Newcastle game. But I saw him against Wolves in midweek and though he scored and provided an excellent assist for Juan Mata, his overall display was very weak. He looked out of ideas and missed an absolute sitter.

12.25: Oscar is quite the talent. It looks like he'll be playing in the hole today – although he'll probably trade places with his colleagues in a fluid Blues attack. But he's also able to play a lot deeper in midfield, which might end up being his role in the future. Just because he's little it doesn't mean he doesn't bite.

12.21: I know saying this will jinx it, but I really believe this is going to be a brilliant match. John Obi Mikel will have to be at his best to stifle the magnificent Cazorla. And Abou Diaby likewise to deal with Oscar, Mata and Hazard.

12.19: I think both sides have got enough firepower to find the net. Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski are a great combination for Arsenal. Will Gervinho produce today 'Mercurial' is a kind way of describing him.

12.18: Dan from Kenya has emailed me to say that 'Chelsea are one of the best and they are going to prove that when they unload the guns of Wenger to win 2-0.'

12.16: Probably much the same as he always has been, by the Arsenal fans (and any other set of fans other than those in Chelsea shirts).

12.14: John Terry starts for Chelsea in his first game since being found guilty by the FA with regards to the Anton Ferdinand race row. How will he be received

John Terry

John Terry

Shrug it off: John Terry starts for Chelsea despite the guilty verdict from the FA

12.11: Very interesting – Chelsea have picked an attacking side, is Roberto Di Matteo planning on taking on Arsenal at their own game In the past the Blues have relied on power. Today looks more about precision.

Ryan Bertrand has been picked at left-wing in the past in tricky fixtures, but not today. Frank Lampard has been left on the bench too.

Arsenal, meanwhile, bring back Thomas Vermaelen after he missed last week's match with illness. Their bench contains plenty of options, including Olivier Giroud – who scored his first goal for the club in midweek.

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also game changing options for Arsene Wenger.

12.05: The teams are in:

Arsenal: Mannone; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs; Diaby Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla Gervinho, Podolski.

Subs: Martinez, Djourou, Santos, Mertesacker, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Giroud

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Hazard, Oscar, Mata; Torres.

Subs: Turnbull, Cahill, Bertrand, Azpilicueta, Romeu, Lampard, Moses

12pm: Good afternoon (just about) and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of what promises to be a thrilling encounter. I'll bring you all the team news as soon as I have it.

La London derby: Spaniards Santi Cazorla and Fernando Torres go head-to-head

La London derby: Spaniards Santi Cazorla and Fernando Torres go head-to-head