Chelsea re-established their 5 point cushion over Manchester City in the Premier League standings with a comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal came into this game seeking revenge for their 6-0 hammering at the hands of the Blues here last season, but were timid in possession and poor in their approach play and were done in by a goal in either half from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa. Hazard scored from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box by Laurent Koscielny, while Costa showed good pace and physical prowess to make the most of a Fabregas punt out from the back to beat two Arsenal defenders and then chip Wojciech Szczesny to seal a win for the ultra-professional Blues.
Both teams lined up in predictable fashion with Jose Mourinho picking an attacking line-up featuring former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas and his Spanish national teammate Diego Costa, who was starting his third game in 9 days for the Blues despite his recent hamstring woes. Andre Schurrle and Oscar, both of whom scored against Arsenal last season, were named in the starting line-up, with Hazard the third of the attacking midfield trio.