Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea (23.12.2013) Live Commentary

90+4′
 
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
90+3′
 
The resulting corner from Frank Lampard (Chelsea) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
90+3′
David Luiz (Chelsea) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender. The ball goes out-of-play. Chelsea are awarded a corner kick.
90+2′
David Luiz (Chelsea) slams the ball from a long-range free kick. He should have curled it higher to avoid hitting the wall.
90+2′
Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) with a rough challenge, Michael Dean blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick is given to Chelsea.
90+2′
 
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
90+1′
 
The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Arsenal are going to take it.
90+1′
Bakary Sagna (Arsenal) attempts to head the rebound into the net, aiming towards the bottom left corner. Petr Cech (Chelsea) reads his intentions and makes an incredible reflexive save!
90+1′
 
The ball goes out-of-play. Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
90+1′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
90′
A crossfield pass from Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) failed to find any of his teammates.
88′
Arsenal keep possession of the ball by producing short passes, waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
87′
 
We are about to witness a substitution. David Luiz (Chelsea) is replacing Fernando Torres.
87′
 
The resulting corner comes to nothing as Frank Lampard (Chelsea) sends it out of the pitch.
86′
 
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
85′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) darts into the penalty area to latch on to a pass, and he unleashes a low drive towards the middle of the net, but Petr Cech is alert and denies his effort. The referee blows his whistle, Arsenal are awarded a corner kick.
84′
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Oscar (Chelsea) is the one who was caught offside.
83′
Clumsy challenge by Ramires (Chelsea). The referee blows his whistle, and a free kick is awarded.
82′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) attempts to find one of his teammates with a fine lofted pass, but the defence reacts well to intercept the effort.
81′
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) commits a foul during an attacking move.
80′
Chelsea hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player.
79′
Close! Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the left post. It is going to be a goal kick.
77′
 
The substitution has been made. Oscar (Chelsea) has replaced Willian.
76′
Arsenal are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing the ball around seamlessly.
75′
 
We can have a look at the statistics now, and particularly at total attempts – 7:13.
74′
 
Ramires (Chelsea) picked up an injury.
73′
 
The manager has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) replacing Eden Hazard (Chelsea).
72′
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) was too harsh with his tackle which made Michael Dean interrupt the game and signal for a set piece.
71′
John Terry (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 and goes narrowly wide of the left post. It will be a goal kick.
70′
 
Michael Dean shows a yellow card to Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) for a tough tackle. Frank Lampard (Chelsea) takes the ball and sets it for the free kick.
69′
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the opposition’s defenders makes a quick reaction and spanks it away.
67′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is first to the rebound and sends a header goalwards but it’s blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition.
66′
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the bottom left corner, but Wojciech Szczesny was alert and didn’t let the score change.
66′
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) picks up the rebound just outside the box and releases a weak low shot that is straight at the goalkeeper to save.
65′
 
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) makes a bad challenge and receives a yellow card. The referee had no doubt.
65′
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) is caught offside!
63′
 
Ramires (Chelsea) has tested the patience of referee Michael Dean and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
62′
Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) commits an offensive foul and referee Michael Dean immediately signals a set piece.
61′
Willian (Chelsea) with a long ball to Frank Lampard (Chelsea), but the defence is well organised and manages to get it clear.
61′
Chelsea 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.
57′
Arsenal now with a spell of possession, but here comes a mistake and the movement is intercepted.
56′
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) unleashes a decent shot towards goal from long-range, but his effort just misses the target.
55′
Bakary Sagna (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.
53′
The Chelsea players are exchanging short passes in an attempt to create a shooting opportunity.
52′
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) makes a foul during an attacking move and the referee blows his whistle.
51′
Willian (Chelsea) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
51′
Tomas Rosicky (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.
50′
The game is interrupted. Willian (Chelsea) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did.
49′
 
Petr Cech goes off his line to intercept the corner from Theo Walcott (Arsenal).
48′
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
48′
The Arsenal players hold possession and control the game at the moment. They are exchanging inch-perfect passes from player to player. For every team it’s always difficult to run without the ball on their feet.
47′
Chelsea hold possession of the ball and display neat passing move from player to player. They are waiting for the right moment to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
46′
 
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
45+2′
 
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half, so the players are now heading to their dressing rooms.
45+1′
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) attempts to put the ball in from a rebound with his long-range shot, but it isn’t accurate enough and the ball goes wide of the left post.
45+1′
Mesut Ozil (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.
45+1′
Arsenal string together a series of short passes.
44′
Willian (Chelsea) is the one to unleash a good effort, aiming towards the bottom right corner. His shot, however, is denied by the goalkeeper. What a save!
43′
 
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) lifts the ball into the box from the corner, but one of the defending players gets there first to head it clear.
43′
Olivier Giroud (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.
42′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) is caught offside by the linesman and it looks like it is the right decision despite being a very close one.
41′
 
Arsenal didn’t take advantage of the corner to score. The opposition’s defence is alert and averts the threat.
40′
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) commits an ugly tackle on his opponent, but there is no caution from the referee.
39′
Chelsea’s players are displaying brilliant short passes and great movement of the ball. They are waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
38′
 
Willian (Chelsea) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and to avert the threat.
37′
 
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) is having a really harsh time now. We are about to find out how serious his injury is.
35′
 
Willian (Chelsea) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender.
35′
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) collects a brilliant pass inside the box and finds himself in a goal scoring opportunity. He takes a shot, but the effort is well blocked by one of the defending players. The ball goes behind for a corner. Chelsea will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
34′
Great solo effort by Fernando Torres (Chelsea) as he tricks his way through the defence before firing a low drive from just outside of the box which is directed towards the middle of the goal. Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) is alert and denies him.
32′
OFF THE BAR! Frank Lampard (Chelsea) latches on to an accurate pass inside the box and fires a bullet of a shot that crashes against the crossbar.
31′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle.
30′
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) did his best to latch on to a crossfield pass, but it was too long and goes out of play. It’s a throw-in.
29′
Chelsea seeing far more of the ball now.
27′
Ramires (Chelsea) latches on to a sweet cross into the box and misses with a header way wide of the left post. It’s a goal kick.
25′
 
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
25′
Bakary Sagna (Arsenal) delivers a promising cross into the box, but one of the defending players wins the ball and averts the threat.
24′
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) sends a lofted cross from a mid-range free kick, but his poor effort goes out-of-play.
23′
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) commits a rough foul. Michael Dean stops the game and makes a call. Arsenal are awarded a free kick.
22′
Some great controlled play and passing from Arsenal. They are increasing the possession of the ball and waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
21′
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) takes the corner. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) makes an aggressive challenge on his opponent after running into the penalty area at high speed and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
21′
Ramires (Chelsea) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts a long ball.
18′
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
17′
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) sends a lofted cross into the box, but the opponent’s defence heads the ball out of danger.
17′
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
16′
Long cross from aside is directed to well-positioned Theo Walcott (Arsenal), but the opponent’s defence gets it clear.
15′
Some patient build-up play from Arsenal as they look to unlock the defence.
13′
John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) picks out Fernando Torres (Chelsea) with a fine lofted pass, but the latter wasn’t able to create some space to get into shooting range.
12′
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) gives away a free kick for tripping his opponent. Even though he is protesting that first he hit the ball, the referee is sure about his call.
11′
Ramires (Chelsea) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat.
9′
 
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) fails to deliver a decent cross from the corner and the ball goes out-of-play.
8′
Arsenal dominate the game at the moment by exchanging a combination of one to two touch passes. Great compatibility between the players.
6′
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is adjudged offside.
6′
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) gets on the end of a pass and takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s blocked by one of the defending players.
4′
Chelsea keep possession of the ball by producing short passes and one-two passes from player to player.
2′
 
Frank Lampard (Chelsea) steps up to take the corner. He launches the ball into the penalty area, but it only finds the head of an opposing player who averts the danger.
1′
Some neat passing and movement from Arsenal as they are producing short passes in order to create a new attacking opportunity.
1′
 
The match has just begun.
Michael Dean will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
 
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