Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal side must be tired of seeing Didier Drogba.
The Ivorian striker opened the scoring late in the first half, back-heeling an Ashley Cole cross past Lukasz Fabianski at the near post in the 40th minute to score his 13th goal in 13 matches against Arsenal. Alex would add a blockbuster late as Chelsea beat the Gunners, 2-0, at Stamford Bridge.
In many regards, it was the same old Chelsea-Arsenal match with the same old result. Arsenal, playing without so many of their stars in their travel to their West London and Premier League rivals, dictated long portions of the match with possession. Andrei Arshavin and Samir Nasri tested Petr Cech throughout the first half, but again it was Chelsea that took their chances and did the scoring in this match.
It was Drogba, naturally, who put Chelsea into the lead in the 40th minute. Ramires put Ashley Cole through down the left channel after a quick free kick, and the former Arsenal left back saw his low cross back-heeled in by the Chelsea striker off the post. Typical Chelsea-Arsenal.
Arsenal still had their chances in the second half. Marouane Chamakh had a chance in the 58th minute, but took a touch too many and saw his shot blocked by Ramires. Chamakh was a repeat offender throughout the second half, missing numerous chances.
Granted, Chelsea were also guilty of missed opportunities – particularly Nicolas Anelka, who rounded Fabianski after a poor Arsenal giveaway, only to see his shot hit the side-netting – but Alex eventually put the match away with a 30-yard free kick that swerved away from Fabianski and into the corner of the net.
The Blues now sit 4 points clear of Manchester City, who defeated Newcastle, 2-1, to move one point ahead of rivals Manchester United into second place. In the other match of the day, Liverpool suffered more embarrassment with a stunning 2-1 loss at home to Blackpool.