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Chelsea players celebrate the goal scored by Eden Hazard in their English Premier League game against ArsenalReuters

A delightful chip over the top to his favourite target Diego Costa put an end to the slightest of Arsenal hopes of leaving Stamford Bridge with at least a point, and, of course, the man to provide the man-did-you-see-that ball had to be Cesc Fabregas, who while not being at his absolute best showed enough on the afternoon to see off his former side and help Chelsea to a convincing enough 2-0 victory in the English Premier League.

Arsenal just cannot seem to raise their game against the big teams – or maybe they just don't have it – because Chelsea, while being far from outstanding for large periods, provided a couple of moments of real quality, moment of quality which in the end decided the outcome of the game and ensured Jose Mourinho would remain unbeaten against Arsene Wenger.

The first to make you stand up and applaud was Eden Hazard, who, with a bit of brilliant individual skill, won himself a penalty, before slotting it home himself.

The second, came via Fabregas, who took the ball near the halfway line, put his head up and picked out the inch-perfect long ball for Costa to run onto and provide another assured finish.

The result of those two moments of brilliance in either half was a 2-0 victory for Chelsea, as Arsenal, despite having superstars of their own on the pitch, failed to provide anything resembling those two moments of quality.

The first half, and indeed the rest of the match, was very much on expected lines – extremely tight, a keen midfield battle, with both teams unable, or even wary, of pouring forward with gay abandon.

A Mourinho team is always well drilled defensively and for the 90 minutes, so it proved to be again, as this Arsenal side, which have been a little goal-shy to begin with – notwithstanding a couple of big victories – just failed to break those walls down.

Every time Arsenal threatened with a bit of their quick, one-touch football outside the Chelsea box, there was a defender coming in at the right time.

Indeed, the most exciting aspect of the match, apart from the two goals, was when Arsene Wenger and Mourinho, who genuinely don't seem to like each other, got into a bit of a shoving match after the Arsenal manager took exception to a could-have-been-more-than-a-yellow-card-challenge from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez.

A little after that rather ridiculous argy-bargy, though, Chelsea had the lead as Hazard showed some exceptional skill to weave his way past a couple of Arsenal players, before going down under the tackle of Laurent Koscielny inside the box.

It was a penalty and Hazard himself stepped up to take it, and wonderfully take it he did, as he waited for Wojciech Szczesny to make his move, before rolling the ball the opposite way.

Arsenal were hit hard by that goal, and you always felt they just did not have the – for the lack of a better word -- belief to find their way back against such big opposition away from home.

Once Hazard eased that ball in just before the half hour mark, you just knew the result had been written down and sealed.

The huffing and puffing was there from the Gunners in the second half, but when they needed one of their "superstars" to step up and work that bit of magic, much like Hazard did for Chelsea, there was no-one.

There were a few ooh and aah moments for Arsenal going forward, but that as-good-as-it-gets Chelsea defence stood firm, and the difference, in the end, proved to be just that one man playing that peach of a pass or making that searing run to turn the match.

After Hazard did just that in the second half, it was the turn of former Arsenal man Fabregas, who received a mixed reception from the away faithful, to show that extra bit of quality, playing a delightful ball over the top of the Arsenal defence for Diego Costa to run onto, take a couple of touches and chip the ball over Szczesny and put the match to bed.

That goal in the 78th minute ended the match as a contest, and Chelsea showed just why they are seen as the favourites to clinch the Premier League title this season, while Arsenal's failings, if not as stark as last season, against the big sides continued.

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