Chelsea beat 9-man Arsenal at Stamford Bridge

The first half was an on-and-off affair with Theo Walcott coming close to opening the scoring for Arsenal but the striker was well pressured by Asmir Begovic.

Kurt Zouma grabbed his first goal for Chelsea as they defeated rivals Arsenal, who ended the game with nine men, 2-0 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.

Pedro and Diego Costa troubled Petr Cech on his return to Stamford Bridge, before Gabriel was shown a red card for an off-the-ball incident that saw him walk over to Costa and lash out at him with his foot.

Arsenal's Brazilian defender Gabriel (2nd R) reacts after being sent off by referee Mike Dean (not pictured) during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge in London on September 19, 2015

Zouma then gave Chelsea the lead after the break, heading in a deep Cesc Fabregas free-kick at the back post.

Oscar continued with his impressive display for Chelsea with a couple of dipping shots, as Costa also came close to doubling Chelsea's lead.

Santi Carzorla received a second yellow card for a late tackle on Fabregas to take Arsenal down to nine men, and Eden Hazard took full advantage with a shot that took a wicked deflection off substitute Calum Chambers to settle in the net behind Cech.

Santi Cazorla of Arsenal is shown a red card by referee Mike Dean during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2015

Aaron Ramsey had a chance to grab a goal back at the end but the onrushing Begovic did well to stop the Gunners gaining a consolation.

It is a much-need victory for Mourinho's men who move up to 10th place in the Premier League. Arsenal remain in fourth.



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