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Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal: Goal By Goal

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I know it's been a few days, but the goals in this match are so spectacular that they need dicussing.

1-0 Chelsea (+0.91 pts): The ball is in the right side of the Arsenal half, with Alex Song in possession and being hounded backwards by Ramires. The Brazilian makes a lunging tackle around Song's body (this gets called a foul ~40% of the time), freeing the ball up for Didier Drogba to run onto. The Ivorian striker is promptly brought down by Sebastian Squillaci, and takes a quick free-kick wide to Florent Malouda. This turns out to not be such a good idea, as Malouda is forced to the touchline under pressure by two defenders. Eventually the ball breaks loose for a 50/50 challenge between Ramires and Maruoane Chamakh, which Ramires dives in for and wins. A quick one two with Jon Obi Mikel sees Ramires back in possession, and he immediately feeds Ashley Cole, who is unmarked and making a run in behind Arsenal's lines. Cole cuts into the box and passes to Drogba, who has moved into the six-yard box. Drogba receives the ball with his back to the goal, and everybody is expecting a turn and shot. Drogba doesn't disappoint, but instead of doing something sane like spinning to his left and shooting right footed, the striker spins right and flicks the ball towards the goal with an exquisite left-footed backheel that has absolutely no right to skim off the post and past a bemused Lukasz Fabianski. But it does anyway.

2-0 Chelsea (+0.12 pts): Nicolas Anelka runs straight into Squillaci and earns a free kick 30 yards from goal, as well as a booking for the French defender. Drogba is standing over the ball, but lets Alex takes the shot. Malouda is set up in the Arsenal wall between Andrei Arshavin and Alex Song, but as Alex is taking a long runup he ducks out of the way and the wall fails to close up behind him. The ball is whalloped into the gap at frankly absurd speed before swerving hard and flying into the top corner of the net, with Fabianski stranded. Song might have been able to clip it, but it's hard to blame anyone for failing to stop that rocket. This was probably the best free kick Chelsea have scored in several years.

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