Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0

Premier League champions Chelsea won only their second league game this season against nine-man Arsenal in a fiery match at Stamford Bridge. Defender Kurt Zouma – preferred to dropped captain John Terry – headed the opening goal after 53 minutes and Chelsea secured only their second win in six Premier League games this season when Eden Hazard’s shot flew in off Calum Chambers late on. This barely tells the story of a game that will leave Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger furious and frustrated in equal measure as he saw his players fall victim to the trademark and predictable wind-up tactics of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Arsenal defender Gabriel was sent off seconds before half-time for kicking out at Costa. It came at the end of a lengthy spat after the striker had shoved his hand into the face of Laurent Koscielny three times. It handed the momentum to Chelsea and Arsenal’s misery was complete when Santi Cazorla was given a second yellow card for a foul on Cesc Fabregas. All this mattered little to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who will regard this win as another sign that the reigning Premier League champions are moving somewhere towards their normal selves. Costa enjoys cult status as the anti-hero of Stamford Bridge – but you will not hear many warm words for him anywhere else and certainly not from Arsenal. This was a grim day all-round for the Gunners, not simply because they lost once more to Chelsea and received another setback to their hopes of challenging for the Premier League title, but also because they lost defender Gabriel and midfield man Cazorla to red cards.

And to add to their fury, they also left west London nursing a burning sense of injustice that Costa stayed on despite pushing the rules to the limit and beyond. The Premier League’s angriest man started a chain of events that led to Gabriel’s sending off by shoving Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny three times in the face and then barging the defender to the ground. Gabriel tried to help his team-mate and a lengthy dispute with Costa ended with the Arsenal defender finally being hooked by the obvious bait offered up by the striker, kicking out to receive a straight red card from referee Mike Dean. Foolish, but surely action also to be taken against Costa for the incident with Koscielny? Arsenal’s reduced numbers made their task almost impossible and altered the face of the game.

This One Goes Out To The One I Love

How far would you go for someone you love? How far would you want someone else to go for you?

I would try and do everything and anything that I could possibly do for the one that I love. I would do anything – give up life to prolong hers, give up all the luxuries and things in my life so she could have more and give up as much blood or donate organs for her. I would do what is necessary for the one I love.

I would travel as far and as wide as I could and across the oceans and all the land for her. If she needed me I would be there and I would do anything and everything possible to comfort her and cheer her up. I would keep my happiness and comfort second for her. I wouldn’t want her to want anything as long as I am there, I will try and get it for her.

I would change for her. I would do what I can to make her happy. I will love her. I will live for her and I will die for her.

Prompt from The Daily Post at