Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea (24.01.2016) Live Commentary

It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has been more to be seen on the pitch than in most of the other games. We were watching very balanced game in last 90 minutes. Both sides tried to combine well and to keep the ball on their feet.
There will be no more action today because the referee signals for the end of the match.
Willian (Chelsea) comes up with a dangerous chip pass into the box and attempts to set up an ideal shooting position for his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance. The ball is out-of-play. Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick.
What a big chance! Willian (Chelsea) picks up an inch-perfect pass inside the box and fires the ball way wide of the left post.
Loic Remy (Chelsea) receives a short pass from Eden Hazard (Chelsea), but the opposition’s defence thwarts his effort.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) couldn’t control the ball well and handled it, the referee blows his whistle for a handball.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) attempts to find one of his teammates with a sweet pass into the box, but one of the defending players reacts well and intercepts the effort.
Fourth official shows 5 min. of added time.
The flag is raised and Loic Remy (Chelsea) is offside again, not for the first time today.
Loic Remy (Chelsea) finds himself in a promising position after receiving an excellent pass into the box, but one of the defenders produces timely intervention to avert the threat.
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is in a great chance inside the six-yard box, shoots to the right side of the goal, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) pulls off an exquisite save to deny him.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Mark Clattenburg blow the whistle. A free kick to Arsenal.
Corner kick, taken by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) attempts to find one of his teammates inside the box with a chip pass, but one of the defending players reacts superbly and intercepts the ball. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Arsenal are going to take it.
Half-chance! Eden Hazard (Chelsea) plays a pass into the box, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) reacts well to thwart the attack.
The attendance for today’s match is 60072.
Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) received a pass inside the box, sent a dangerous shot on goal, but celebration has been thwarted by one of the defenders who stepped in and blocked his effort. It’s hard to say whether the keeper would have been there.
Loic Remy (Chelsea) is caught offside!
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) received a clever long through ball and found himself in a promising position, but the defence is alert to danger. Arsenal will take a corner kick.
Guus Hiddink prepares a substitution. Oscar (Chelsea) is replaced by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).
Loic Remy (Chelsea) was offside, and the assistant referee saw it and raised his flag.
A substitution is prepared. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) is leaving the pitch, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) is coming on as a substitute.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence.
A pass from Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) is intercepted by Petr Cech (Arsenal) and the move breaks down.
John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Mark Clattenburg had an easy-decision to make.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) gets on the end of a pass on the edge of the penalty area and finishes to the middle of the goal. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Petr Cech (Arsenal) pulls off an easy save.
Problems for Guus Hiddink as Diego Costa (Chelsea) is not able to play anymore. His injury is too serious and Loic Remy (Chelsea) replaces him.
Diego Costa (Chelsea) picked up an injury.
Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Hector Bellerin (Arsenal). Arsenal have been awarded a corner kick.
Oscar (Chelsea) attempts to scoop the ball into the box through the defence, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention.
Gabriel (Arsenal) receives the ball inside the box from the resulting free kick, but fails to score as his shot is blocked by one of the defenders.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) will take the free kick.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Mark Clattenburg has a clear vision and blows his whistle. Arsenal have a free kick.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) has received a yellow card for his foul.
Like an avalanche. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is penalised for his attacking foul. Mark Clattenburg has a clear vision and blows the whistle. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is arguing, but the referee’s decision cannot be changed.
The assistant referee raises his flag, and an attacking effort is stopped by the main referee’s whistle. Diego Costa (Chelsea) is the one, who got caught in the offside position.
We are about to witness a subsitution. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) for Joel Campbell (Arsenal).
Willian (Chelsea) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) rises high to connect with a lofted pass inside the box, but one of his opponents is in the right place at the right time and thwarts his effort. The ball is out of bounds. Chelsea win a corner kick.
The horde of the players waited inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Willian (Chelsea) takes it with a short pass.
Oscar (Chelsea) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance. Chelsea forced their opponent to concede a corner.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Willian (Chelsea).
Good clearance! Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders. The referee blows his whistle, Chelsea are awarded a corner kick.
Willian (Chelsea) takes the corner with a short pass.
The ball is cleared after Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. Corner kick. Chelsea will have an opportunity.
Willian (Chelsea) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
The flag is raised by the referee’s assistant. Diego Costa (Chelsea) is repeatedly caught offside. He is lurking on the edge of the offside line to beat the defence and get into scoring position.
Flag up against Diego Costa (Chelsea). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
The corner from Willian (Chelsea) is cleared away by the defence.
Oscar (Chelsea) gets to the rebound outside the box and doesn’t hesitate to fire on goal. It was a promising attempt, but one of the defending players got in its way and blocked it. The ball is out-of-play. Chelsea will have a chance to score from a corner.
Willian (Chelsea) puts a cross into the box from the free kick but it’s cleared.
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick to Chelsea. They can move closer towards the goal.
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
There was certainly plenty of action during that opening 45 minutes. The visitors were superior in their performance through the first half. They were more active and precise. Both teams are attempting to play possession play.
The end of the first half.
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) blows a golden chance from inside the box. He volleyed the ball narrowly over the crossbar. What a miss!
We will have 1 min. of added time.
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is cautioned by the referee for a foul that he committed a little earlier. Chelsea have been awarded a free kick.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) meets a cross and produces a header towards the right side of the goal, but one of the defending players blocks the effort.
Willian (Chelsea) steps up to send the ball in.
Diego Costa (Chelsea) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the right post. Petr Cech (Arsenal) guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save. Chelsea force a corner. They send men into the box.
Dangerous play by Willian (Chelsea). Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle for a foul.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) sends a superb lead pass into the penalty area and finds Theo Walcott (Arsenal), who fails to shoot.
Gabriel (Arsenal) gives away foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Mark Clattenburg saw the whole situation.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) and Oscar (Chelsea) combine well with some one-touch passing and gradually earning greater possession for an attack.
A precise low pass is received by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), who makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and sends a poorly placed shot that sails well wide of the left post.
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. Arsenal get a corner.
Willian (Chelsea) with a through ball which would have led to a great opportunity, if it hadn’t been stopped by the defence.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) displays a brilliant individual play, gets inside the box and pulls the trigger. His promising effort is blocked by one of the defenders.
The Chelsea players are exchanging some short passes.
Diego Costa (Chelsea) decides to try his luck with a first-time bullet of a shot. Unfortunately for him, he doesn’t hit the ball perfectly and his effort ends well wide of the left post.
Diego Costa (Chelsea) might be good at volleyball, but the referee blows his whistle for the handball.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort. The referee points to the corner flag. Arsenal are given a corner.
Branislav Ivanovic sends a precise lofted cross into the box. Diego Costa (Chelsea) latches on to it and finishes with a quick shot. The goalkeeper was helpless against his effort directed straight inside the right post. The score changes to 0:1.
Manager is forced to make a change due to red card. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) will have to come off and it is Gabriel (Arsenal) who replaces him.
Flag goes up against Diego Costa (Chelsea). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
Willian (Chelsea) takes the ball and sets it for the free kick.
Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) is being sent off by the referee for a foul that he committed a little earlier! Chelsea will take a free kick.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) attempts to surprise the keeper with a shot from distance, but it lacks more accuracy and it goes high over the crossbar.
Willian (Chelsea) is first to latch on the rebound inside the penalty area. He drills a low shot towards the middle of the goal, but it is denied by the goalkeeper who pulls off a superb save.
What a big chance to score. Willian (Chelsea) produces a promising volley, but one of the defending players was quick enough to step in and to make a crucial block.
Willian (Chelsea) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) delivers a poor cross from a free kick as one of the defenders comfortably clears it away.
This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Oscar (Chelsea) was quite harsh and Mark Clattenburg didn’t hesitate to show him a yellow card. There is a free kick near the sideline to Arsenal.
Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) received a sweet pass from Joel Campbell (Arsenal), but the advance is stopped.
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates. The assistant referee signals a throw-in for Chelsea.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) is trying to pass the ball into the penalty area but it’s blocked.
Mark Clattenburg blows his whistle and it is Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
Willian (Chelsea) sends a poor cross from the corner and Petr Cech (Arsenal) has no trouble to gather it.
Oscar (Chelsea) has a sight of goal and shoots towards the bottom left corner, but his shot is denied by the goalkeeper with a superb save. The referee signals for a corner kick, Chelsea are awarded.
A promising first-time strike from inside the box by Joel Campbell (Arsenal), but his attempt goes just wide of target.
The first half has started.
The players are out and the match is about to start. Arsenal will have the kick-off.
Mark Clattenburg was nominated as a referee for this game.
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