Arsenal FC scored three goals in nine minutes either side of half-time to regain second spot in the English top flight, a 3-1 defeat leaving visitors Chelsea FC without a Premier League win in six attempts.
With fit-again Cesc Fàbregas pulling the strings, the Gunners shaded a cagy first half but all caution was cast aside the moment Alex Song broke the deadlock a minute from the break. Fàbregas doubled the advantage after the restart after being teed up by a selfless Theo Walcott, and the Arsenal skipper quickly returned the favour. Branislav Ivanović reduced the arrears before the hour, but the comeback never really looked on.
Defeat means Carlo Ancelotti's men have collected three points in six league games, their recent problems laid bare by a clinical Arsenal side in north London. Song's opener, conjured from a give-and-go with Jack Wilshere, was self-made, but the other goals owed as much to Chelsea errors as attacking brilliance. Fàbregas's effort came after Walcott was released, slightly fortuitously, by Michael Essien's tackle; two minutes later Walcott caught Florent Malouda in possession, played a one-two with Fàbregas and finished clinically.
The visitors hit back when Didier Drogba's free-kick was glanced in by Ivanović but failed to push on and pressurise a side that had lost the last five meetings between the teams. They therefore remain fourth while Arsenal leapfrog Manchester City FC into second – perhaps for less than 24 hours, however, as Roberto Mancini's men's meeting with Aston Villa FC is one of seven Premier League matches on Tuesday.
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|Last updated: 27/11/2012 07:47 CET|
|Venue: West Bromwich|