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Lampard: On the spot

Lampard: On the spot

Chelsea survived a second-half revival from Arsenal to claim all three points on a chilly afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea raced out of the blocks and into a two-goal lead in the first seventeen minutes but Theo Walcott gave Arsenal a second-half lifeline.

The visitors couldn't find an equaliser though as the Blues avoided surrendering a second two-goal lead in as many games.

Seconds after Olivier Giroud had missed a good opportunity at the other end, Juan Mata fired Chelsea into the lead.

The Spaniard controlled Cesar Azpilicueta's diagonal ball beautifully on the edge of the box before striking past Wojciech Szczesny with six minutes played.

Szczesny was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch when he brought down Ramires in the box ten minutes later.

Referee Martin Atkinson only booked the keeper, who went the wrong way as Frank Lampard duly dispatched the resulting spot-kick.

Arsenal were vastly improved after the break and pulled one back just shy of the hour mark.

Santi Cazorla threaded the ball through for Walcott who opened his body and curled the ball past Petr Cech.

Substitute Demba Ba should have sealed it for Chelsea with seven minutes remaining but his shot was cleared off the line by Thomas Vermaelen after the former Newcastle man had rounded Szczesny.

Vermaelen went close with a free-kick and Giroud headed onto the roof of the net in Arsenal's search for an equaliser but Chelsea held on.

Arsenal remain sixth in the league while Chelsea move five clear of Spurs in fourth.

Posted: 20/01/13 16:18

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