Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0 player ratings: Kurt Zouma stars as Gabriel and Santi Cazorla see red in Arsenal defeat

Jose Mourinho's men ran out deserved winners against a depleted Arsenal

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Chelsea ran out 2-0 victors over Arsenal in a hot-blooded affair at Stamford Bridge.

Much of the pre-match talk had been of the fued between managers Jose Mourino and Arsene Wenger. The pair endured a brief handshake before the game but the 'needle' remained on the pitch.

Tensions boiled over just before half-time when a clash between Diego Costa and Gabriel Paulista resulted in both players being awarded yellow cards.

In the aftermath, coaxed by the Spain striker, Gabriel appeared to scrape his studs down Costa's shin and consequently received his marching orders.

A Kurt Zouma goal after the break put the home side ahead and, from then on, their lead never looked in danger.

Santi Cazorla became the second Arsenal to see red with a reckless, needless and late challenge on Cesc Fabregas, which earned him a second booking.

Eden Hazard rounded off the win in the last minute, scoring with a deflected shot off Calum Chambers.

Just how poor was Arsenal's performance? Did Chelsea bounce back after their sluggish start?

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