Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea: As it happened

Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea: As it happened
Arsenal and Chelsea in action last season during Chelsea's 1-0 win | Photo: Getty Images

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The goals all came in the first half from Sanchez, Walcott and Ozil and despite a lacklustre second period, they gathered the three points

What a performance from the Gunners as they get their first win over Chelsea in nine games

FT - Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea

90' - Three minutes added time

83' - great ball from Luiz into Batshuayi who is one-on-one but Cech does well to save

75' - Ozil put through but the flag was raised for offside

70' - Double switch for the Blues with Willian and Hazard coming off for Batshuayi and Pedro

70'- Sub for Arsenal with Iwobi coming off for Gibbs

68' - SAVE Ball through to Walcott but Courtois does well to save

57' - Conte looking to change the defence to three, questionable decision especially with Arsenal's dangerous attacking

56' - Arsenal should have buried that but nobody can get a shot off and it seems that Gunners are looking for a fourth

55' - Sub for Chelsea with Fabregas been brought off in place of Alonso

45' - Back underway at the Emirates

18:21 - Coverage of the second half between Arsenal and Chelsea will follow shortly

18:18 - What a half of football ! It was a masterclass from Arsene Wenger's side with goals from Sanchez, Walcott and Ozil very much ending the contest

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46' - Cech punches it to Hazard but he can only find the side-netting with his volley

45' - two minutes added time

41' - IT'S ALL OVER Brilliant football from Arsenal as Sanchez floats a ball over to Ozil and he hits shot into the ground and in off the far post

40' - GOAL Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea

31' - First sub with the injured Coquelin coming off with Xhaka been brought on

29' - Sanchez over the free kick but the defensive deflection takes it wide

27' - Ivanovic brings down Iwobi just on the edge of the area and is booked for his troubles

21' - First real chance from Chelsea, Hazard plays it out to Willian on the wing, but his effort from the tight angle is just wide of the far post.

14' - IT'S TWO !!! Brilliant football from the Gunners as the ball slid through to Bellerin who lays it on a plate for Walcott to tap home

14' - GOAL Arsenal 2-0 Chelsea

11'- GUNNERS ARE AHEAD Horrific blunder from Cahill as his backpass is latched onto by Sanchez and he dinks it over Courtois

11' - GOAL Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea

9' - Sanchez picks up the ball after Walcott is dispossessed but well over the bar.

7' - Chelsea look to be sitting back and let the Gunners come at him.

4' - First shot of the game, space opens up for Cazorla just outside the area and Courtois does well to palm it away.  

3' - Cazorla puts ball in from the corner, but Courtois saves with ease.

1' - And we are underway at the Emirates

17:10 - Little under 20 minutes until kick-off at the Emirates Stadium

16:39 - One change for Antonio Conte's side, with Cesc Fasbregas getting his first start of the season replacing Oscar

16:38 - Arsenal remained unchanged from their win over Hull last weekend, with both Oliver Giroud and Granit Xhaka been benched

16:33 - Chelsea starting XI: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Kante, Matic, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa. 

16:32 - Arsenal starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi,Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez. 

16:31 - It set to be another fiery clash between these London rivals, with kick-off little over an hour away, team news and updates will follow shortly

16:30 - Hi everyone and welcome to VAVEL's coverage of Arsenal and Chelsea

That continued last season, as a single goal from Diego Costa gave them the 1-0 victory, with Wenger looking to be a similar result this time around.

The Blues prove to be the Gunner's sticking point every campaign, with Arsenal failing to defeat their city rivals in nine matches, failing to score in their last six.

Above: Diego Costa celebrating his goal in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Arsenal last season | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Diego Costa celebrating his goal in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Arsenal last season | Photo: Getty Images

Wenger is expected to take his best squad to the Bridge, having made 11 changes for the midweek victory. Oliver Giroud will face a late fitness test with a toe injury with long-term absentees Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker,Danny Welbeck and Carl Jenkinson all out.

Conte's biggest absentee will still be captain John Terry, who is still recovering from an ankle injury during their draw with Swansea City, despite hope he may recover in time. Despite that, the Italian should have a fully fit squad at his disposal.

Above: John Terry laying injured during Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea City | Photo: Getty Images
Above: John Terry laying injured during Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea City | Photo: Getty Images

The Blues traveled to the Kingpower Stadium expecting a tough game from league champions Leicester City, and got that with a brace from Shinji Okazaki in the first half before Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta got then back into the game. The match couldn't be decided in normal time, but quick fire extra-time goals from Cesc Fabregas saw them through.

However their form took a slight dip after the return from the international break, with a draw against Swansea City, and a narrow 2-1 Friday night defeat to Liverpool, but managed to get back on track midweek in the EFL Cup.

It was a good start to life for the Italian, winning their first four matches in both league and cup, defeating West Ham, Watford, Bristol Rovers and Burnley respectively.

The clash at  the Emirates Stadium expected to be one of the biggest games of the season so far, with Antonio Conte looking to avoid a third match without a win in the league since 2012 during his Juventus days.

Above: Cesc Fabregas celebrating one of his two goals in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Leicester City | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Cesc Fabregas celebrating one of his two goals in Chelsea's 4-2 win over Leicester City | Photo: Getty Images

It proved to be Lucas Perez's night on his debut for the Gunners, grabbing a brace while goals from Granit Xhaka and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave them the 4-0 victory.

Wenger's side looked to follow up their convincing win over Hull City, with passage into the fourth round of the EFL Cup when they traveled to take Nottingham Forest, and proved to be another easy win.

After their below average start to the campaign, Arsenal have picked up the pace in recent weeks, remaining unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions.

It has been a week of celebrations for the Gunners, with this week marking 20 years since manager Arsene Wenger joined the club, and will be looking to mark the occasion with a win over one of his biggest rivals.

Above: Lucas Perez celebrating one of his two goals in Arsenal's 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Lucas Perez celebrating one of his two goals in Arsenal's 4-0 win over Nottingham Forest | Photo: Getty Images

Hi everyone! I am Danial Kennedy, and welcome to VAVEL's coverage of Arsenal and Chelsea. Kick-off is set for 5:30pm at the Emirates Stadium so stick around for build-up and team news until then.