Sep 29, 2012 at 12.45pm UK at ​Emirates Stadium
Gervinho (42')
Ramsey (35'), Vermaelen (53')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Mata (53'), Torres (20')
Oscar (39'), Luiz (48'), Ramires (90')

Match Analysis: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres
© PA Photos
Sports Mole dissects the action as Chelsea record a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday.

Chelsea have continued their unbeaten start to the Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.

The Blues took the lead after 20 minutes when Fernando Torres was on hand to clip a Juan Mata free kick home from inside the box.

However, the Gunners were level just before the interval when Gervinho turned in the box and fired an effort past Petr Cech.

Both sides had chances to win it in the second period, but the decisive strike came after 53 minutes when Laurent Koscielny could only convert a Juan Mata free kick into his own net.

Here, Sports Mole dissects the 90 minutes of action between the two sides.

Match statistics:

Shots 14
On target 5
Possession 51%
Corners 6
Fouls 14

Shots 10
On target 5
Possession 49%
Corners 5
Fouls 13

Was the result fair?

On the balance of play, you would have to say just about. Chelsea certainly started the match the better and deserved to take an early lead. Arsenal, as expected, responded to level before the break, but there was something missing from their performance today. A point apiece would have perhaps best reflected the chances the two sides created, but Chelsea did look the more dangerous.

Arsenal's performance

6/10. There were some positives from the home side, but they will certainly play better than today this season. The influential Santi Cazorla had a bit of an off-afternoon, while Gervinho, aside from his goal, was often left frustrated. Meanwhile, the manner of the two goals they conceded will leave Arsene Wenger raging.

Chelsea's performance

7/10. The Blues were impressive this afternoon. They were not at their free-flowing best, but it was the solidity of their performance which impressed the most. Ramires and John Obi Mikel sat in front of the defence, allowing those ahead of them to link with Fernando Torres. Meanwhile, John Terry and David Luiz performed well in defence.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Ramires: The little Brazilian is perhaps best known for his powerful forward running, but he showed his discipline today with a wonderful anchorman display. He was just everywhere.

Biggest gaffe of the match

Arsenal's defending for Chelsea's opening goal was just woeful. Luiz was clearly unmarked in the penalty area and perhaps should have headed home, but Torres was on hand to finish behind him.

Referee performance

Martin Atkinson had a successful 90 minutes of work this afternoon. He rightly awarded a host of yellow cards in the opening period for a series of offences. Meanwhile, he waved play on when Torres fell over in the box before the interval.

What next?

Arsenal: The Gunners will look to return to winning ways when they face Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday. In the league, they travel to West Ham United next weekend.

Chelsea: Chelsea will attempt to continue their winning run when they face FC Nordsjaelland in the Champions League on Tuesday. In the league, they play host to Norwich City next weekend.

Fernando Torres
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