Mata receives the ball on the left, draws Santos into an attempt to win the ball but is able to skip inside. He could have opted to go down but instead knew he had beaten his man and that a cross was on.
Meanwhile Mertesacker appears to have Lampard covered; he’s in a good position, level with Santos and half turned so he can see both Lampard and the ball.
Lampard makes a run towards the near post, and Mertesacker sees the threat of a ball played along the yellow arrow and moves to cover, but Lampard checks his run and moves towards the centre of goal, where Mata’s ball meets him for a simple header, having made himself a couple of yards.
1-1 van Persie
Chelsea are set up well, with two tight banks of four and Mikel in between the two looking to pick up anybody who drops into that area. They have Arsenal playing across in front of them and there doesn’t appear to be much danger.
Gervinho drops into the gap between the lines, looking to pick up the ball.
Mikel does his job and closes Gervinho down as the ball is played into him, and actually wins it. Meanwhile Ramsey drops into the position vacated by Mikel and is now in the danger area between the lines which it was Mikel’s job to protect.
Santos retrieves the ball and feeds Ramsey, who has time to turn. Meanwhile Gervinho is quicker to recover from the challenge with Mikel and makes a run towards the back four, and van Persie drifts across to the far side of the pitch.
Ramsey’s feigned shot squares up Terry and makes an angle for a disguised ball slid into Gervinho.
Once in behind, Gervinho is aware of van Persie’s position and commits Cech to roll the ball across for van Persie to tap into the empty net. Arsenal are often accused of trying to walk the ball into the net, but that’s exactly what they did here to great effect.
Arteta’s strange move away from the near post suggested that perhaps he had instructions to move to the far post if it looked like the corner was going deep, but he had already started moving before the corner was taken. Mertesacker is several yards from Terry, which gives him enough room to get ahead of his man to the ball. Compare Mertesacker’s approach with Koscielny, who is touch-tight to his man.
Look at Arteta’s position when Terry makes contact; most of the way across to the far post. Had he stayed where he was, it would have been a simple clearance.
Djourou steals the ball from Torres on a chelsea throw on the left, and as the ball is played to Song, he realises that with the congestion on the right side of the pitch there must be space on the left, so makes a clever turn with his first touch. Bosingwa has narrowed to his centreback which is the correct thing to do, but then for some reason pushes up the field leaving a huge gap at right back. Sturridge doesn’t bother to track Santos as he makes a forward run through the inside left channel into a huge amount of space.
As the number on his back, an a perusal of his YouTube compilations suggest, he fancies himself as a left winger, and shows that he knows how to finish by driving the ball underneath Cech without hesitation.
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Walcott gets up, retrieves the ball, then flicks it left to draw in Terry…
…right to pass Ivanovic…
…before burying it past Cech. Amazing.
Santos plays a poor pass, but as the interception rolls back towards him, Lukaku levers him off the ball and pushes him over, allowing Meireles space on the right. The transition means that Mata is afforded space in front of the Arsenal back four for probably the first time in the match.
As Mata receives the ball Song is 15 yards away, so it looks like Mata has all the time in the world to either roll in Lampard or Torres or take a shot himself.
Mata is slow enough to shoot that Song makes it over to block, but all he can get on it is a slight touch which gives the ball some added dip and takes it over Szczesny.
3-4 van Persie
Malouda plays an incredibly lazy pass back in the general direction of Terry, who makes an adequate impression of a supertanker doing a three point turn in trying to recover, only to end up on his hands and knees on the floor.
Once in, it’s a one-on-one for van Persie to commit Cech and roll the ball into an empty net.
3-5 van Persie
As Chelsea chase an equaliser, the ball is headed clear to Meireles, but Rosicky puts in a brave header and wins the ball.
That releases Arsenal into a four-on-two break, as the referee plays the advantage for Meireles’ high kick.
The ball is played to van Persie, who simply leathers it at Cech and the power and swerve on the ball seals the hattrick.