Arsenal 0 Chelsea 1: Twitter reacts as Mathieu Flamini finally loses at the Emirates Stadium

The Frenchman's astonishing record at the Emirates is now over

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It finally happened.

In his 54th Premier League appearance at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini was on the losing side today after the Gunners were defeated 1-0 by rivals Chelsea.

Flamini's Premier League Emirates record is now - P 54, W 37, D 16, L 1.

In the match, Diego Costa once again proved to be Arsenal's undoing with the Chelsea man scoring the only goal as the reigning Barclays Premier League champions beat the 10-man Gunners on Sunday afternoon.

Having tussled with Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny in September's reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge, Costa was again the villain of the piece from an Arsenal perspective as he proved the catalyst in Chelsea's 1-0 win - a result which leaves the Gunners in third behind both Leicester and Manchester City.

The Spain striker's tangle with Gabriel in his side's 2-0 victory earlier in the campaign saw the Arsenal defender sent off and it was Per Mertesacker who saw red this time for bringing down the controversial striker on 18 minutes.

Gabriel came off the bench in place of Olivier Giroud but Costa soon had the ball in the net for the game's only goal as Chelsea moved further away from trouble at the bottom end of the table and put a dent into Arsene Wenger's title bid.




Mertesacker became the fourth Arsenal man sent off in their last five meetings with Chelsea and the Gunners have now failed to beat their London rivals in the league since 2011 - and have not even scored against the Blues in a Premier League meeting for more than three years.