Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal (22.03.2014) Live Commentary

All in all that was an entertaining 90 minutes of football thanks to some decent attacking play. The control of the game belonged to the home side. Both teams attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
That’s all for today because the game is over.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is caught offside!
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) fires from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels towards the right side of the target, but Petr Cech comes with a save and doesn’t allow it any further.
2 additional min. will be played.
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) makes a rough challenge and Andre Marriner blows his whistle for a foul. Arsenal earn a free kick.
Andre Marriner couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) and blew the whistle. Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) works the free kick short.
The assistant referee raises his flag. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) is adjudged offside.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) finds himself in a great opportunity! He unleashed a shot from the edge of the box, which whizzed just wide of the left post!
A precise low pass is received by Mohamed Salah (Chelsea), 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. It will be a goal kick.
None of the attacking players in the penalty area were able to connect with the lofted pass from Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea). He’ll need to improve his accuracy for the next time.
Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) sends a cross in and finds Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) inside the box, but one of the defenders steps in and clears the danger.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
Bakari Sagna (Arsenal) tripped an opposition player and a free kick is given. A free kick to Chelsea.
John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) brings his opponent down. Andre Marriner has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul. The free kick is taken short by Arsenal.
We are about to witness a subsitution. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) for David Luiz.
Superb finishing from Mohamed Salah (Chelsea). Nemanja Matic sends a fantastic through ball and finds Mohamed Salah (Chelsea), who reacts quickly to get in front of the goal and to fire a low shot from close range past the goalkeeper. It’s 6:0.
David Luiz (Chelsea) wastes a promising opportunity as he produces a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box. Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) stops the ball, which would have ended up inside the bottom left corner, with a brilliant save.
Substitution. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) on for Oscar.
Oscar (Chelsea) breaks through the defence and scores a brilliant goal from outside the penalty area after firing the ball inside the right post!
One of the defenders is in the right place at the right time and makes a vital save to deny a close-range header from Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) is going to send the ball in from the free kick.
Fernando Torres plays a lovely pass for Oscar (Chelsea), but he can’t find the target. His strike from inside the box goes narrowly over the crossbar.
Flag goes up against Fernando Torres (Chelsea). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) receives a precise pass inside the box and takes a shot that flies just wide of the right post.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) is flagged for offside. It’s not his first one today.
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) takes the free kick but it is cleared by the first man.
Dangerous play by Gary Cahill (Chelsea). Andre Marriner blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick has been awarded to Arsenal.
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Andre Marriner keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Bakary Sagna (Arsenal) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety. The referee signals for a corner kick, Arsenal are awarded.
This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) was quite harsh and Andre Marriner didn’t hesitate to show him a yellow card. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) quickly takes the free kick with a short pass.
A spell of possession for Chelsea in an attempt to control the game.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) takes a short corner kick.
A big opportunity is wasted by David Luiz (Chelsea), who picks up the rebound inside the penalty area and releases a good shot, directed to the right side of the goal. Unfortunately for him, Wojciech Szczesny shows how quick his reflexes are and dives superbly to deny his effort. What a save! Chelsea forced their opponent to concede a corner.
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) fires the ball from inside the area, but it is well blocked.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
The substitution has been made. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) has replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Today’s match ends for Laurent Koscielny who will be replaced by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).
The players are back out on the pitch following the half-time break and the second half is about to start.
So far we have been witnesses to an entertaining encounter between these two teams. Let’s hope there will not be a decline in attractiveness in the second half. The hosts mostly control the match and make it pretty difficult for the opponent to keep pace. Both teams are attempting to play possession play.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
The goalkeeper dives to deny Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), whose promising shot was aimed towards the left post.
Corner kick, taken by Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. Chelsea force a corner. They send men into the box.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear. The ball is out-of-play. Chelsea win a corner kick.
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) is trying to get into the box. He sends a low pass, but it’s blocked and cleared. The referee blows his whistle, Chelsea are awarded a corner kick.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) unleashes a decent effort from just outside the box which goes narrowly wide of the left post. The ball goes to play from a goal kick.
3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Rough tackle by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea). The referee blows his whistle for a foul.
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) blasts the ball from just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by the defender.
A brilliant through ball from Oscar (Chelsea) as he picks out Fernando Torres, who darted into a free space to take the pass.
Goal! Fernando Torres produces a great pass which finds Oscar (Chelsea) inside the penalty area, who takes advantage of the situation to fire high into the net. 4:0.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way over the bar.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) unleashed a rocket of a shot aiming towards the left side of the goal, but the goalkeeper denies his attempt with a stunning save.
Oscar (Chelsea) is heading toward the corner flag to execute the set piece.
Oscar (Chelsea) slides a pass forward, but on of the defenders cuts it out. Chelsea have a corner.
Bakary Sagna (Arsenal) fizzes over a cross which can’t cause any danger. The ball crossed the line and it’s going to be a goal kick.
Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders.
Oscar (Chelsea) whips in the resulting free kick but one of the defenders heads the ball to safety.
Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) does well to dispossess the attacking effort with a slide tackle, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Chelsea with a free kick.
The corner, delivered by Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), is intercepted by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal).
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man. Chelsea win a corner.
David Luiz (Chelsea) blows a good opportunity as he has a lot of space around him and fires a terrific shot from the edge of the box. The shot is directed straight towards the bottom left corner, but the goalkeeper makes a brilliant save and stops this one! The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Chelsea will take it.
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) is the one who was caught offside.
David Luiz (Chelsea) with a slide tackle, but referee Andre Marriner calls for a foul.
Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) produces a cunning chipped pass for Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) which is well received, but he fails against the defending players and loses the ball.
Oscar (Chelsea) delivers a promising cross into the box, but one of the defending players wins the ball and averts the threat.
The manager has decided to make a substitution and Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) walks off the pitch to be replaced by Lukas Podolski.
Some neat passing and movement from Chelsea as they are producing short passes in order to create a new attacking opportunity.
The opposition’s defence is alert as they clear out a dangerous cross, sent by Bakary Sagna (Arsenal).
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) sends Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way and fires the penalty into the middle of the goal!
The referee shows a red card to Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) handles the ball and everyone in the stadium shouts for a foul to be given. Chelsea are awarded a penalty!
Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and denies the opportunity.
Bakary Sagna (Arsenal) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Andre Marriner blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick to Chelsea.
Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat.
David Luiz (Chelsea) comes up with a challenge to deprive his opponent of the ball. However, the referee calls for a foul and blows his whistle. He’s not happy with the decision. Arsenal keep the tempo of the game and take a quick free kick.
Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea) is leaving the pitch due to injury. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) will take his place on the pitch.
Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea) is having a really harsh time now. We are about to find out how serious his injury is.
Goal! Nemanja Matic slips it to Andre Schurrle (Chelsea) on the edge of the box and he finds the bottom left corner with a great effort. The score is 2:0.
Goal! Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea) finds himself some space inside the box to get on the end of a pass from Andre Schurrle, and he sends the ball inside the left post. 1:0.
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) receives a precise pass and is given time inside the box to send a promising strike towards the bottom right corner. Petr Cech (Chelsea) guessed his intentions and denied the effort with a fine save.
Flag up against Andre Schurrle (Chelsea). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
Oscar (Chelsea) was too harsh with his tackle which made Andre Marriner interrupt the game and signal for a set piece. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) takes the free kick and immediately restarts play with a short pass.
The first half of this match is about to start.
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