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By Ben Kosky at The Emirates Stadium
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Capital One Cup fourth round: Arsenal 0 Chelsea 2
Cesar Azpilicueta scored his first Chelsea goal as the Blues dumped Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup at Emirates Stadium.
The Spanish right-back, who has made more than 50 appearances since he moved to Stamford Bridge 15 months ago, put his side ahead in the 25th minute.
Juan Mata sealed Chelsea’s place in the last eight – and inflicted a second successive home defeat on the Gunners – by doubling the visitors’ lead midway through the second half.
Neither side really took the game by the scruff of the neck in the early stages, although Ryo Miyaichi began brightly, finding plenty of space on the right flank.
Miyaichi was unlucky to be called offside with a well-timed run onto Aaron Ramsey’s delicate chip over the Chelsea defence, but scoring chances were few and far between until the Blues snatched the lead on the counter-attack.
Samuel Eto’o broke from an Arsenal corner and found Jon Obi Mikel, who was tackled by Ramsey, but the ball spun in the direction of Carl Jenkinson. His attempted back-header was short of Lukasz Fabianski and Azpilicueta nipped in to prod it past the keeper.
However, the Blues’ right-back almost presented Arsenal with an equaliser five minutes later as Nacho Monreal pounced on his sloppy pass and drilled just wide of the far post.
Generally, Chelsea looked the sharper of the two sides and Eto’o went close to increasing their lead early in the second half, while the Gunners’ over-elaborate attempts to devise an equaliser came to nothing.
Ramsey fired a couple of efforts from distance without troubling Mark Schwarzer and Arsene Wenger delved into his box of substitute options, sending on Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud in rapid succession.
Sandwiched between those changes, however, the Blues doubled their lead. Willian’s knockdown fell to Mata, who dispatched a swerving drive past the diving Fabianski into the far corner.
Giroud immediately managed what Nicklas Bendtner had failed to do in three quarters of the game, forcing a save from Schwarzer, but it was Chelsea who looked the more likely to add further goals.
Ramires had two opportunities to make it 3-0, beating Fabianski only for Laurent Koscielny to clear off the line and then firing a drive that spun off the same player onto the roof of the net.
At the other end, Santi Cazorla dragged a chance just wide in the closing stages, but it would have made little difference to the Gunners, who must now contemplate another lost opportunity for silverware.
Arsenal: Fabianski; Jenkinson, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Monreal; Wilshere, Ramsey (Park 81); Miyaichi (Ozil 63), Rosicky, Cazorla; Bendtner (Giroud 67).
Chelsea: Schwarzer; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Bertrand; Essien, Mikel; De Bruyne (Ramires 69), Mata (Kalas 90), Willian; Eto’o (Ba 80).