The biggest game of the weekend was the final game of the weekend, with Chelsea hosting Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Manchester United beat Portsmouth 5-0 yesterday to pressure Chelsea at the top so the Blues needed a win here, but the Gunners were also looking for some points; knowing a loss would end their hopes of winning the title.
It took Chelsea just seven minutes to take the lead and sink the Arsenal hearts. A corner came in and was headed on by headline maker John Terry, Drogba nipped round to the back post to latch onto the ball and the powerful striker tapped it in from just a couple of yards out.
Arsenal were not giving up and looked decent until Chelsea hit them on the counter attack. Lampard broke away and ran the majority of the field, the England man then slipped the ball out to Drogba who cut inside, made his way into the box and then smashed in his – and Chelsea’s – second goal. A devastating blow to Arsenal who seemed capable of getting back into this game but incapable of dealing with Chelsea’s fast breaking. With the fans singing “there is only one team in London” this game looked over with just twenty-five minutes played.
Arsenal made it to Half-time without conceding another and in the second half they looked for a goal which would help them get a foothold in this game. They were definitely the better side in the second half but didn’t create enough chances, despite sustained periods of pressure in the Chelsea area.
Drogba came close to grabbing his hattrick with just over five minutes to go but his thundering free-kick smacked off the crossbar, and as the game drew to a close Chelsea celebrated a 2-0 win and a return to the top of the Premiership.