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  1. Walcott hurt as Arsenal draw

    Walcott hurt as Arsenal draw

    Theo Walcott suffered a hamstring injury as Arsenal were held to a 0-0 Premier League draw by a much-changed Chelsea side. More

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    Time:90'
    • Arsenal
    • Chelsea
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    • 90+5 Mata puts the corner in, Arsenal scramble it clear and that's it! A goalless draw. Who'd have thought.
    • 90+4 Gervinho's shot is blocked by Terry, now Bosingwa with a good tackle and a final chance for Chelsea to break. Torres wide to Bosingwa, who cuts inside and wins a corner.
    • 90+3 Cahill clears a Gibbs cross and Chelsea can break. Mata to Torres but the latter puts in a poor low ball, dreadful.
    • 90+2 Wasteful from Diaby after a promising move, well wide.
    • 90+1 Poor corner headed away by Essien, and Van Persie is offside on the return.
    • 90' Four minutes injury time as Van Persie wins a corner on the right.
    • 89' Arsenal back in possession after that scare as Van Persie decided not to shoot from the edge of the box, picking out a cute through ball that is blocked. Down the other end Sturridge tries a lob after Szczesny raced out to clear a long ball but it almost hits the corner flag.
    • 88' WHAT A TACKLE BY KOSCIELNY! Flying in from nowhere with a karate-kick of a slide tackle as Sturridge readied the finish following Vermaelen's slip! What a block!
    • 87' The header from Vermaelen spins into the body of Cech who clears long.
    • 86' Diaby thinks he was fouled on the right wing but Dean plays on. Now Mata is caught in possession by Santos. Now Gervinho plays Van Persie in, and he is in after cutting past Cahill, but he inexplicably cuts back inside and the chance is gone, his finish blocked behind! Should have shot earlier!
    • 85' Poor ball from Koscielny, wasting possession. Now Sturridge gives chase but Szczesny guards it out for a goal kick.
    • 84' Arsenal looking the more likely but we all know what Chelsea can do on the break. All Gunners possession-wide right now.
    • 83' Song with a long ball, Terry slips AND VAN PERSIE IS IN but he thrashes it wide! His weak right foot, he was offside but the flag stayed down!
    • 82' Cole is booked for a swipe at Song. Needless and petulant.
    • 81' I need to see that again. Van Persie didn't complain much so I will assume Cahill did little.
    • 80' Van Persie holds it up for Gervinho, he picks out Song and a superb cross from him AND VAN PERSIE GOES DOWN but no penalty! Cahill in the back of him.
    • 79' Song brings the ball out from the back and he gets to halfway through the Chelsea half. Now Gibbs on the left cuts inside, fine pass from Ramsey to Van Persie and he tries a one-two with Santos but too heavy.
    • 78' Good ball by Van Persie but Mikel heads clear; back with Arsenal but eventually Bosingwa puts to touch.
    • 78' Koscielny is taken down on the Arsenal right, Mikel with the foul and RvP will take...
    • 77' CHELSEA SUB: Cole comes on for the injured Bertrand.
    • 77' Diaby chops down Essien, who is rolling around holding his ankle, and Diaby is booked.
    • 76' Mata has the ball in the back of the net but the flag was long up, Essien's shot deflected into his path after the Arsenal line had moved.
    • 75' Sagna shoves Torres and Chelsea have a free-kick that Malouda will put in the mixer.
    • 74' CHELSEA SUB: Mata on for Kalou.
    • 74' Santos - who is playing in midfield it turns out - lofts a cross to Gervinho, who trips Bertrand as Cech claims. Bertrand is hurt.
    • 73' Torres and Ramsey with a little tussle that goes the Welshman's way. Mata is warming up. Finally.
    • 73' Bosingwa is the latest to be carded for a foul on Gibbs.
    • 72' Arsenal are turning it up a notch now as they come forward but an aimless ball from Song is allowed to coast through to Cech.
    • 71' Diaby has a low drive blocked after good play between Gervinho and Van Persie in the box! Bertrand with the block. He's been really good today.
    • 70' ARSENAL SUB: Andre Santos replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has had an off day. Santos will play left-back and Gibbs left mid, one assumes.
    • 69' Szczesny is holding his shoulder, having landed heavily saving that shot. Down the other end Gervinho gives away another free-kick.
    • 68' Kalou gets a lucky break but then gives it away with Torres free; now Sturridge has it wide right but he shoots low at Szczesny, who holds on easily enough.
    • 67' Kalou with a nice ball to Sturridge but his cross-shot is deflected into Szczcesny's arms. Arsenal counter, Ramsey lofting a high ball to Van Persie but his attempted volley is well wide. A mis-hit.
    • 66' Song fouls Torres and Chelsea will make a change - Mikel on for Romeu.
    • 65' ARSENAL SUB: Diaby comes on for Rosicky. Hmmm. I'd have taken Ramsey off. Perhaps Rosicky was struggling with a knock.
    • 64' Van Persie with the free-kick then, 10 yards from the edge of the area... but he blasts it miles over.
    • 63' Van Persie lays it off and is put to the deck by Cahill. Lucky not to see a second yellow there! Free-kick, edge of the D, RvP to take.
    • 63' Lovely one-touch passing spearheaded by Gervinho, who is sold short by RvP with the final ball and ends up shoving a defender.
    • 63' Poor pass from Kalou, not for the first time, as Sturridge had the legs on Vermaelen and co. Missing Mata.
    • 62' Stuart Pearce is watching on with concern as Walcott continues to struggle, limping on his ankle. Must be his ankle. I hope it's not a metatarsal or something.
    • 61' ARSENAL SUB: Walcott is unable to solider on, limping off and hitting the deck; Gervinho his replacement.
    • 60' Great defending by Bosingwa to read the danger as Van Persie frees the Ox, but he has to concede a corner. The Ox takes but a poor, low effort. Chelsea fail to clear their lines though, and the Ox has it back but another poor cross sails out for a throw.
    • 59' Rosicky feeds Van Persie, who stays onside but is crowded out by Terry and Cahill and, after getting the ball wide, drills a low effort that is easy for Cech.
    • 58' Essien almost slides Bosingwa through as he gets in space wide right but the pass is too heavy. Walcott is back on as he tries to run it off.
    • 57' After a bit of treatment Walcott is on his feet, not sure what was wrong there, maybe an ankle turn.
    • 56' Walcott is down injured so play stops.
    • 55' Torres with a superb piece of skill to dribble in from the right but he goes down easily under pressure from Song, Vermaelen clearing. Then a poor tackle by Cahill on the Ox, and he is booked.
    • 54' Wonderful tackle by Vermaelen after Sturridge races in, the match is hotting up now.
    • 53' A through ball almost sends Kalou in but Szczesny rushes out to take him.
    • 52' Superb turn by Torres into the box but Koscielny with an equally fine tackle sliding in! Corner Chelsea.
    • 51' Sagna gives it away to Kalou, who finds Malouda, who looks inside to Essien. Bosingwa crosses but this time Sagna does his job to nod away for a throw.
    • 50' Van Persie to curl it in, poor ball initially cleared but it drops to Koscielny, whose cross is blocked. Then Van Persie hacks down Essien in frustration and now he is booked.
    • 49' Essien has a dig from range but blocked and Sagna completes the clearance. Van Persie races away and is cynically brought down by Malouda but, much to his frustration, there is no card. Well there is now, a delayed reaction from Mike Dean.
    • 48' Malouda is held up by Song after Bertrand tried to send him away. Chelsea take it short and build cautiously from the back.
    • 47' Torres manages to dig a cross out with Bertrand on him but cleared at the near post by Terry. Torres a touch sluggish when he turned into the right there.
    • 47' Rosicky with a fine ball wide to Gibbs but his cross is headed out for a throw by Essien.
    • 46' The second half is underway with Terry sending a nice ball over for Sturridge but it just skips away from him to Szczesny.
    • - STATS: 50-50 possession, both sides have put three efforts on target, even on four corners apiece and similar on fouls.
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    • 45+3 Half-time and it's goalless, Arsenal shading it and hitting the woodwork but Chelsea have had a few chances!
    • 45+2 Arsenal do have a free-kick on the left but Walcott's ball in is low and cleared easily. Koscielny plays a long ball in and Bosingwa mis-kicks it but Walcott was offside. Lucky escape.
    • 45+2 Clever header down by Bertrand, the cross by Malouda is too deep but Sturridge keeps it in. Arsenal can break though, Van Persie lays it off to Walcott who releases Oxlade-Chamberlain but a poor choice to cut inside sees Chelsea half clear. Should have run on to it down the letf.
    • 45+1 Two minutes added time being played.
    • 45' Cech punches the corner clear and Oxlade-Chamberlain gives away a free-kick.
    • 44' Sagna on the right finds a lot of space but his cross is headed away by Terry. Now Song has it, swinging it to VAN PERSIE ON THE LEFT WITH A CHEST AND FINISH but blocked by a spreadeagled Cech! Arsenal attack again and have a corner.
    • 43' Malouda swings it in AND TERRY FLIES IN but he heads well over! More poor marking, at the other end this time, Koscielny leaving Terry a free-header.
    • 42' Torres on the move but he runs into Kalou, who retains possession and works it off Essien. The through ball ricochets off Torres and Koscielny, for Chelsea to have a corner.
    • 41' Van Persie to take the free-kick, swinging it high into the box and KOSCIELNY IS UNMARKED WITH A REVERSE HEADER BUT OFF THE BAR! Terry left him all alone!
    • 40' Oxlade-Chamberlain crosses from the left but just over Walcott's head. Good spell of possession for Arsenal as the Ox is brought down by Romeu.
    • 39' Walcott wins a corner as Arsenal counter down the right. That was a quick break. Replay shows a tangle of legs between Sagna and Bertrand but the ball was there to be won, I think Dean was right to leave it.
    • 39' Terry, Cahill and co play it out from the back. Now Essien on halfway, Bertrand does well to keep a high ball on the field, he keeps running down the left and Sagna catches him but play-on!
    • 38' Rosicky turns well on the left but overhits a Hollywood ball out for a throw on the right.
    • 37' Great corner by Oxlade-Chamberlain, across the face of the six-yard box, but no-one gets a touch and Sagna for some reason goes all the way back to Szczesny.
    • 36' Van Persie to take this, a touch to the right... great ball and Vermaelen and Koscielny rise highest but just over them and Terry flicks it behind for a corner.
    • 35' Van Persie with some nice interplay with Song and Rosicky, Walcott is shoved by Terry and Arsenal have a free-kick 35 yards out.
    • 34' Song gives the ball away and the Gunners fans howl again. Bosingwa can cross from the rght but Vermaelen hoofs to touch.
    • 33' Good cross by Malouda which Torres attacks but it skims off his hair, just a bit too high for him, and Sturridge just about keeps it in on the right but can't carve anything out.
    • 32' Neither side hangs on to possession long enough to enter the final third. It's a relatively nice day but a bit tepid this match is.
    • 31' Cahill almost gets caught in possession but manages to get the ball away. Arsenal have it back deep in their half though. Walcott is released on the right, Sagna slowing it down...
    • 30' As soon as Ramsey gets the ball the fans panic quite vocally, and the seeds of doubt lead him to delay and give it away. Arsenal fans really should get off their players' backs sometimes. Rosicky, meanwhile, is booked for a lunge on Essien. Malouda, who had landed heavily after catching Sagna and needed treatment, is okay.
    • 29' Sagna is okay. He does feel his France team-mate led with the elbow, but no action. Malouda, meanwhile, needs treatment following that collision.
    • 28' Arsenal manage to deal with that corner but upfield Sagna has gone down holding his head, a stray arm from Malouda is appears.
    • 27' Long ball down the middle and Koscielny makes a mess of clearing, Malouda could be in but what is Szczesny doing? Nicked behind by Koscielny in the end, a corner.
    • 26' Ramsey is caught in possession but Malouda's shot hits Kalou and flies over. Ramsey has given the ball away a couple of times today.
    • 25' Cahill flicks it on, aimless though as it bounces wide, but Torres picks it up, trying to turn and smash it but blocked - into Cahill's path though but he blasts over! Good chance!
    • 24' Torres meets the corner near post but Van Persie marking him gets a block in and it's another corner.
    • 23' Sturridge is almost in but Arsenal close him down. Now Kalou gets it on the left, a fizzing low ball but Koscielny slides in to put it behind for a corner.
    • 22' Oxlade-Chamberlain almost finds Van Persie but good defending by Bertrand to read it.
    • 21' Terry was caught by Vermaelen as Cech caught the cross. Naughty. The Arsenal fans liked that. Apparently it is Terry's turn to know what he is... JT is fine, just a bit winded.
    • 20' Gibbs with a swerving cross but Cech claims. He tries to release it but Terry has gone down holding his head and the ref stops play.
    • 19' Van Persie is offside as he takes down and long ball, clipping the finish over Cech and off the post. Definitely off this time.
    • 18' Essien comes forward now, feeding Kalou on the left. Bertrand overlaps but is ignored. Now Essien has it back, looking wide to Bosingwa whose low cross is claimed by Szczesny.
    • 17' Van Persie curls it in but Cech gathers with ease. Great through too, landing to Kalou almost at halfway. He releases Torres wide right but a poor cross is meat and drink for Szczesny.
    • 16' Walcott runs at Bertrand but Terry reads the through ball, poking it behind for a corner.
    • 15' By way of apology for their Grand National cock-up, Paddy Power are offering some crazy odds to punters this weekend - including 3/1 on Van Persie to score. They were willing that wide I'm sure.
    • 14' Walcott to take this, oddly. Why is he taking this? I've not seen him take many free-kicks before BUT MY THAT IS A BEAUTY AND VAN PERSIE MUST SCORE but he somehow puts it wide! Superb curling far-post ball by Walcott, finding the Dutchman unmarked but he went with his left when he should have swung the right and he poked it off the outside of the post and wide.
    • 13' Kalou had a good chance on the left but his cut inside was poor, straight at Sagna. Arsenal counter and Oxlade-Chamberlain wins a free-kick off Essien on the edge of the box, to the left of the D.
    • 12' Torres gets away but is lacking support, looking wide this time and Chelsea have to build from deep. Good possession.
    • 11' TORRES KICKS AIR! But the flag was up anyway, sort of sparing his blushes. Shouldn't have been offside from the left-wing cross.
    • 10' Hacked clear by Koscielny as Sturridge and Torres combine. The Frenchman picks up a knock in the process.
    • 9' Van Persie gets his first real sniff down the left but he is offside. Very very close.
    • 8' Now Arsenal break, better tempo now, but Cahill hacks away after a loose clearance from Terry.
    • 7' Kalou goes on a surging run down the left, they just let him run in - Song at fault there - and Sagna has to come across and seems to trip Kalou but he tries to stay on his feet before slipping at the last. Should have done an Ashley Young!
    • 7' Torres is sent through but a heavy first touch sees it roll out for a goal kick. Nice pass from Malouda.
    • 6' Rosicky bings it away, they back off him and he goes for goal but a weak shot is easy for Cech. Walcott didn't show for him wide, should have done.
    • 5' Chelsea now stroking it about slowly and carefully. Malouda switches play though, inside to Sturridge but he is closed down by Gibbs.
    • 4' Torres turns Song who pokes the ball away but is said to have caught the Spaniard by Mike Dean. Harsh.
    • 3' Oxlade-Chamberlain combines with Rosicky but the latter's cross is blocked.
    • 3' Torres with a fine turn and pass to Malouda, but he is caught late. Play on says the ref but Sturridge can't get on to the through ball.
    • 2' The opening minutes are slow and cagey, Arsenal now on the ball keeping it around halfway.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 12:44 The players are out on the pitch. As Paul Parker pointed out yesterday, a win for Arsenal basically secures Champions League football while defeat for Chelsea leaves them on the brink, particularly if Newcastle beat Stoke.
    • 12:43 It has been pointed out that Chelsea don't have a striker on the bench, although Juan Mata has been playing as an second forward. Where is Romelu Lukaku?
    • 12:41 @Natalie290190: "Myself being a true Chelsea supporter i do not agree with Di Matteo squad! Kalou=Useless Malouda=Useless"; @Kingitiose: "Chelsea fc will have the day."; @greek_pride: "I think change in the squad is good. If we want to beat barca or at least draw we need to rest key players." HAVE YOUR SAY ON TWITTER!
    • 12:40 MATCH ODDS: Arsenal (10/11), Chelsea (3/1), Draw (12/5)
    • 12:35 FACT: Chelsea have lost 29 points from winning positions against Arsenal in the Premier League, more than any side against any other, winning just 10 of 21 games in which they have held the lead (D4 L7). The Blues have won just three of their previous 19 Premier League trips to Arsenal, but those three victories have all come in their last six visits.
    • 12:35 FACT: Arsenal have the Premier League’s top scorer this season (van Persie, 27), but have also had a joint-league high 17 different goalscorers (with Everton); Arsenal have won 12 and lost just two of their last 16 league games at the Emirates (2 draws).
    • 12:30 Roberto Di Matteo (Chelsea): "It's not about myself. It's about the club and this group of players who will be here for many years to come."
    • 12:25 Arsene Wenger (Arsenal): "We want to focus on our performance, let's not expect any lack of focus from Chelsea. They are on a high so it is always natural to be up for the next game."
    • 12:20 Well that is some rotation from Roberto Di Matteo, who for some reason is willing to risk a Champions League place - Chelsea kind of need to win this match with Newcastle threatening to pull away, or are Chelsea banking on Spurs continuing to implode? What do you think about these wholesale changes? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 12:15 Eight changes for Chelsea, who have a fourth game in eigth days on Tuesday, the small matter of a Champions League return leg at Barcelona. Fernando Torres replaces the injured Didier Drogba, who is surely being wrapped in cotton wool. Ashley Cole is replaced by Ryan Bertrand at left-back; Jose Bosingwa returns for Branislav Ivanovic, who is suspended domestically; mass changes in midfield as Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Kalou and Sturridge come in for Lampard, Mikel, Meireles, and Mata. Phew!
    • 12:10 Arsenal make light of their midfield 'crisis' - Mikel Arteta is out for the rest of the season and Yossi Benayoun ineligible against his former club - by bringing in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey. Gibbs is in for Andre Santos and Koscielny relpaces Djourou in two defensive changes from the surprise 2-1 defeat at home to Wigan. Abou Diaby and Francis Coquelin make the bench after recovering from injury.
    • 12:05 TEAMS - ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Van Persie... Subs: Fabianski, Djourou, Santos, Diaby, Coquelin, Gervinho, Chamakh. /// CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Kalou, Sturridge, Torres... Turnbull, Ferreira, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Mata, Meireles.
    • 12:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Arsenal v Chelsea from the Emirates Stadium!
  • Summary

    • 88' WHAT A TACKLE BY KOSCIELNY! Flying in from nowhere with a karate-kick of a slide tackle as Sturridge readied the finish following Vermaelen's slip! What a block!
    • 86' Diaby thinks he was fouled on the right wing but Dean plays on. Now Mata is caught in possession by Santos. Now Gervinho plays Van Persie in, and he is in after cutting past Cahill, but he inexplicably cuts back inside and the chance is gone, his finish blocked behind! Should have shot earlier!
    • 83' Song with a long ball, Terry slips AND VAN PERSIE IS IN but he thrashes it wide! His weak right foot, he was offside but the flag stayed down!
    • 80' Van Persie holds it up for Gervinho, he picks out Song and a superb cross from him AND VAN PERSIE GOES DOWN but no penalty! Cahill in the back of him.
    • 71' Diaby has a low drive blocked after good play between Gervinho and Van Persie in the box! Bertrand with the block. He's been really good today.
    • 52' Superb turn by Torres into the box but Koscielny with an equally fine tackle sliding in! Corner Chelsea.
    • 44' Sagna on the right finds a lot of space but his cross is headed away by Terry. Now Song has it, swinging it to VAN PERSIE ON THE LEFT WITH A CHEST AND FINISH but blocked by a spreadeagled Cech! Arsenal attack again and have a corner.
    • 43' Malouda swings it in AND TERRY FLIES IN but he heads well over! More poor marking, at the other end this time, Koscielny leaving Terry a free-header.
    • 41' Van Persie to take the free-kick, swinging it high into the box and KOSCIELNY IS UNMARKED WITH A REVERSE HEADER BUT OFF THE BAR! Terry left him all alone!
    • 37' Great corner by Oxlade-Chamberlain, across the face of the six-yard box, but no-one gets a touch and Sagna for some reason goes all the way back to Szczesny.
    • 25' Cahill flicks it on, aimless though as it bounces wide, but Torres picks it up, trying to turn and smash it but blocked - into Cahill's path though but he blasts over! Good chance!
    • 14' Walcott to take this, oddly. Why is he taking this? I've not seen him take many free-kicks before BUT MY THAT IS A BEAUTY AND VAN PERSIE MUST SCORE but he somehow puts it wide! Superb curling far-post ball by Walcott, finding the Dutchman unmarked but he went with his left when he should have swung the right and he poked it off the outside of the post and wide.
    • 7' Kalou goes on a surging run down the left, they just let him run in - Song at fault there - and Sagna has to come across and seems to trip Kalou but he tries to stay on his feet before slipping at the last. Should have done an Ashley Young!
    • 12:05 TEAMS - ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Ramsey, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Van Persie... Subs: Fabianski, Djourou, Santos, Diaby, Coquelin, Gervinho, Chamakh. /// CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Cahill, Terry, Bertrand, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Kalou, Sturridge, Torres... Turnbull, Ferreira, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Mata, Meireles.

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