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5 things we learned from Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (Photos)

The visitors saw Gabriel and sent off either side of ’s headed goal, with securing the points for the champions


 Kurt Zouma celebrates scoring his team's first goal


Chelsea got back their splutter campaign back on track with a feisty 2-0 win over old rivals Arsenal at .


A bad tempered first half erupted just before the break when Gunners defender Gabriel saw red for clashing with Blues striker , who was lucky to stay on the pitch himself.

The champions made their numeric advantage pay after the break when – replacing skipper in ’s starting line-up – nodded home to score his first goal.

Any hopes of an Arsenal comeback receded when was also shown red, receiving his marching orders for a second bookable offence after his mistimed tackle on Cesc Fabregas.

made sure of the points when his shot deflected off Calum Chambers in stoppage time.

1) Handshakes mean nothing

Reuters Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shake hands before the match
Friends again? and shake hands before kick-off

was determined to shake hands with .

You suspect it was more about seizing a chance to take the mor*l high ground rather than actually wanting to end the long-running feud.

But Mourinho didn’t look as if he wanted to do it. Wenger avoided all eye contact. The handshake became blandshake.

It has become a side show and it’s interesting because it’s often the only visible way you can see whether the managers like each other or not or, more to the point, dislike each other.

This was meaningless. It was done purely to stop people talking about the issue. They didn’t actually mean it.

2) is the biggest wind up merchant going

Reuters Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista walks past Chelsea's Diego Costa after clashing
Trouble brewing: Gabriel and Costa stare each other out

Early on, Costa went down and started waving an imaginary card to try and get Francis Coquelin booked. I thought the directive was to book players for imaginary cards. It wasn’t even a foul.

That signalled his intentions and Arsenal should have been smart enough not to take the bait.

So when Costa had a bust-up with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel, they should have been clever enough not to react.

Sportsphoto Gabriel Paulista of Arsenal attempts to kick out at Diego Costa of Chelsea in an off the ball incident towards the end of the 1st half
Gabriel Paulista kicks out at – and gets himself sent off

Gabriel reacted, it was a petulant flick of the heel – a bit like Beckham in France 98 – and that was enough to get himself sent off.

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Costa could have been sent off. But wasn’t because he’s a master of the dark arts. He tricked Gabriel, the referee and helped Chelsea win the game.

3) Oscar is such an important player

Oscar was perhaps the surprise in an attack minded team, playing in the No10 role.

Despite often being left out towards the end of last season, you realise Oscar’s importance to the team as he links between midfield and attack, often spotting the through ball.

He is an important player for Chelsea and they look better with him in the starting line-up.

They are much more balanced. There was some better displays with and Cesar Azpilicueta also performing much better.

4) is on his way out

Reuters Chelsea's John Terry takes his place on the bench before the match
Feeling Blue: Terry was again on bench duty

Whether we agree it’s right or not, Terry is being eased out of .

Not being included in the starting line-up in a game like against Arsenal would have hurt him deeply.

It’s also a clear sign that, from last season where he played every minute of every game, he is now seen as a weak link.

Personally, I don’t agree. Still a good leader and defender. But Jose Mourinho clearly feels age and pace mean that he misses out against the better teams who have pace.

5) Chelsea have still got the measure of Arsenal

Reuters Kurt Zouma celebrates after scoring the first goal for Chelsea
Zoum-ing ahead: celebrates his goal

We expected one of Chelsea’s defenders to be the weakest link.

In fact, it was who was left most exposed and was the worst defender on the pitch.

Eden Hazard had his best game for ages. Chelsea’s start to the season has been disastrous and has left them shorn of confidence.



If there’s one way to get it back then it’s a game against Arsenal. had managed just one win in 14 games against Jose Mourinho and now it’s 15.

Some teams just have the measure of others. Playing Arsenal was a dream for Chelsea. It gets them firmly back on track.

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