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Matic hails Chelsea's desire to get back to winning ways against Arsenal

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal

Nemanja Matic says Chelsea wanted to win more than Arsenal, spurring the Barclays Premier League champions to a 2-0 victory.

Chelsea claimed their first home league triumph of the season on Saturday and extended the Gunners' winless league run against their rivals to eight games.

Diego Costa was a nuisance throughout and could yet face scrutiny over his role in Gabriel's sending off. The FA will await referee Mike Dean's report before deciding whether or not the Chelsea striker has a case to answer.

"We wanted to win more than them," Matic said. "It was a very important three points for us, especially against them.

"We didn't start the season very well so it was very important to win these two games- in the Champions League against Maccabi (Tel Aviv) and Arsenal.

"We didn't concede one goal and we scored six. We have to continue to play like this."

Chelsea next play Walsall in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday before matches at Newcastle and Porto in the Premier League and Champions League respectively.

Kurt Zouma was preferred to Terry to combat the pace of Theo Walcott and scored his first Premier League goal before Eden Hazard wrapped up the win.

Boss Jose Mourinho is not looking beyond the Walsall match after a challenging start to the season.

"I want to go match after match," he said. "Walsall is a cup game, a cup that we won and a cup that we don't want to throw away. We want to try to win. Wednesday is one more difficult match."

Another London derby awaits Arsenal, who visit Tottenham in the League Cup on Wednesday.

Aaron Ramsey said: "It's not good enough for a club like Arsenal to lose two games in a row.

"Hopefully now we can put things right."

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