Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea (02.08.2015) Live Commentary

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We have been witnesses to an ordinary game without many stirring situations. There is a space for improvement in other games. Neither of the teams could take the initiative and dominate today’s game. Both teams attempted to play possession play.
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The referee blows for the end of today’s match.
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What a sweet touch by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) as he collects a pass deep inside the box and decides to go for goal. It’s on target but easy for Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) to hold.
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Victor Moses (Chelsea) should calm his temper, this was too much! He robbed the opponent of the ball, but Anthony Taylor calls for a foul.
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Arsenal quickly take a corner kick with a short pass.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) didn’t produce a decent free kick for a footballer of his skills. The only target found was the wall of defenders. Arsenal will take a corner kick.
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Gary Cahill (Chelsea) jumps into tackle, but Anthony Taylor blows his whistle for a foul. Free kick. Arsenal will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
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Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
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Falcao (Chelsea) is on the ball and tries to beat his opponnent. He does it, but his run is stopped by referee Anthony Taylor who sees an offensive foul.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
89′
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) knocks his opponent down with a harsh tackle. A free kick for Chelsea. They most likely won’t attempt to directly endanger the goal with this one.
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Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) leaps high to meet a beautiful cross from the resultant free kick deep inside the box and glances a header goalwards which is not accurate at all and goes well wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Arsenal.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) is going to send the ball from the free kick.
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Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) commits a foul with a sliding tackle but escaped any punishment. No yellow card.
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Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) goes off his line to intercept the corner from Santi Cazorla (Arsenal).
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Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) unleashed a powerful shot that was blocked by a self-sacrificing defender. Arsenal win a corner.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a low strike towards the middle of the goal. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save.
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The attendance for today’s match is 85437.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and averts the threat.
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The ball is cleared after Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball is out-of-play and Arsenal manage to earn a corner.
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Substitution has been made. John Terry (Chelsea) is replaced by Victor Moses (Chelsea).
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Falcao (Chelsea) committed an offensive foul and referee Anthony Taylor immediately signals a set piece.
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Arsene Wenger has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) replacing Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).
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Oscar (Chelsea) meets a cross inside the box, but his header is blocked by an opposing player.
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Oscar (Chelsea) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
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Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) with a slide tackle, but referee Anthony Taylor calls for a foul. Chelsea are given a free kick. Will they create any chance from that?
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Substitution. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) receives a low pass just outside the box and unleashes a fine strike towards the middle of the goal. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill, indeed.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) sends a cross into the box, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) comes off his line to gather the ball.
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Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) rises above the opponent’s defence to head a precise cross towards the goal. His effort, directed under the bar, is blocked by Petr Cech (Arsenal) who pulls off a stunning save!
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Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down. It will be a corner kick for Chelsea.
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Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) trips an opponent with a slide tackle. Anthony Taylor stops the game and he could give him a card, but eventually only warning comes.
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Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) finds some space inside the box and produces a first-time shot that goes high over the bar. High, wide and not at all pretty. The ball goes out-of-play and Chelsea will have a goal kick.
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Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) swings in the corner kick, but one of the defenders leaps into the air and clears the ball away with a header.
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A truly beautiful footballing moment. Oscar (Chelsea) takes the free kick from a very promising position, but the goalkeeper thwarts the effort with an amazing save. Good work from Chelsea as they win a corner.
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That will be all from Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).
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Anthony Taylor blows the whistle. Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. Chelsea have a free kick from a promising distance.
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Anthony Taylor shows the yellow card to Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) for a heavy challenge.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but hits only one of the opponents who got in the trajectory of his effort.
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Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) was in a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his strike isn’t accurate at all and the ball goes well over the bar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Chelsea.
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Substitution. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) will be replaced by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).
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Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Anthony Taylor doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
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Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) clips an invinting cross into the box, but there’s no one in a position to get on the end of it.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
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Anthony Taylor blows his whistle and it is Falcao (Chelsea) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
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CHANCE! Eden Hazard (Chelsea) picks up a pass inside the box and has a sight of goal, but he blazes his shot well over the top. The ball goes out-of-play and Arsenal will have a goal kick.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) swings it in and Falcao (Chelsea) gets on the end of a cross, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) shows good awareness and comes off his line to thwart the move.
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A pass into the penalty area from Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) is intercepted by the defence.
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The assistant referee raises his flag. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) is adjudged offside.
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Oscar (Chelsea) got rid of the defending players and unloads a powerful, but inaccurate effort from long distance. The goalkeeper can stay completely calm as the ball ends near the left corner flag. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Arsenal.
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Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball.
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Eden Hazard (Chelsea) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
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Substitution. Ramires (Chelsea) is replaced by Oscar (Chelsea).
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Flag goes up against Falcao (Chelsea). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
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Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone. The ball goes out-of-play and Chelsea will have a goal kick.
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Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) sends a through ball but it’s too strong and keeper Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) comes off his line to intercept.
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Ramires (Chelsea) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
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Falcao (Chelsea) wriggles into space and fires the ball from the edge of the area, but one of the defenders is there to block the effort.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) skips past his man but can’t keep the ball in play. The ball goes out-of-play and Chelsea will have a goal kick.
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Willian (Chelsea) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Petr Cech (Arsenal), who smothers the ball.
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Jose Mourinho has decided to make a substitution during the half-time break. Falcao (Chelsea) comes on the pitch for Loic Remy (Chelsea).
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The game restarts for the second half.
45+2′
Well, a decent first half here. It’s certainly not boring, but not the best match either. Neither team could take the initiative and to dominate the first half. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The same goes for the away side.
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The end of the first half.
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Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
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1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
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Dangerous play by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal). Anthony Taylor blows his whistle for a foul.
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The game is interrupted as Loic Remy (Chelsea) is flagged for offside.
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Willian (Chelsea) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
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Like an avalanche. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) is penalised for his attacking foul. Anthony Taylor has a clear vision and blows the whistle. Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) is arguing, but the referee’s decision cannot be changed.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) serves in a nice cross, but Petr Cech (Arsenal) punches the ball away.
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Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) receives a precise pass inside the box and takes a shot that goes just wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Chelsea.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
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Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort. The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
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Ramires (Chelsea) rises above the defence inside the box, but his header flies narrowly wide of the left post.
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Ramires (Chelsea) gets on the end of a pass on the edge of the area, but he drags his shot just wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Arsenal.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out.
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Good defending. Willian (Chelsea) tries to find Eden Hazard (Chelsea) inside the box, but the pass is cut out.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. The main referee and his assistant both signal a throw-in for Arsenal.
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Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) makes a rough challenge and Anthony Taylor blows his whistle for a foul.
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Mesut Ozil (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.
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Loic Remy (Chelsea) is adjudged offside.
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Goal! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) with a wonderful piece of finishing. He makes a yard for himself after a well-taken pass inside the box and strikes the ball into the top left corner.
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Theo Walcott (Arsenal) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
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Loic Remy (Chelsea) is caught offside!
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Theo Walcott (Arsenal) connects with the resultant free kick and produces a header which is straight at Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea).
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Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) will take the free kick.
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Rough tackle by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea). The referee blows his whistle for a foul. Arsenal have a free kick.
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Ramires (Chelsea) brings his opponent down. Anthony Taylor has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul. There is a free kick given to Arsenal.
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Referee Anthony Taylor sees tripping by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
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Arsenal are showcasing great team work. Exchanging some short passes and one-two passes, waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
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Loic Remy (Chelsea) was offside, and the assistant referee saw it and raised his flag.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
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Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
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Another attempt to quickly send the ball beyond the defence by Ramires (Chelsea) is averted and cleared away to safety. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Chelsea will take it.
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A pass by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
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Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) and one of his opponents battle for the ball and Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) commits an attacking foul.
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Anthony Taylor blows his whistle. Who will be penalised? Now it is clear. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) is said to have used an excessive force while attacking.
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Corner kick. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) will try to deliver a quality ball into the box.
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A lofted cross from Loic Remy (Chelsea) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area. The ball is out-of-play. Chelsea will have a chance to score from a corner.
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Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates. The ball has crossed the sideline. Arsenal are taking a throw-in.
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Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) was too harsh with his tackle which made Anthony Taylor interrupt the game and signal for a set piece.
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Gary Cahill (Chelsea) attempts to find one of his teammates, but puts far too much on the pass and the chance is gone. The ball goes out-of-play and Arsenal will have a goal kick.
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Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
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The Chelsea players are exchanging some short passes.
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) with a teasing cross into the area, but Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) intercepts the ball.
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The first half has started.
The players are out at last! Chelsea will take the kick-off.
The referee of today’s match will be Anthony Taylor.
 
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