Gunners end Chelsea hoodoo
Arsenal ended their five-match losing run against Chelsea with a stunning 3-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners reclaimed second place in the Barclays Premier League after running riot with goals from Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott.
Branislav Ivanovic pulled a goal back for Chelsea, but it was another torrid game for the champions who have now won just one of their last eight games.
Arsenal looked positive during the opening exchanges and increased the tempo as half-time approached. Walcott scampered into the right side of the Chelsea penalty area and was blocked by Petr Cech at the near post before the goalkeeper turned over Samir Nasri's chip which was looping into the top-left corner.
The Gunners finally made the breakthrough after 43 minutes. Jack Wilshere and Song exchanged passes on the edge of the area, with Song carrying the ball into the box. Paulo Ferreira tripped Fabregas, but Song had the presence of mind not to wait for a whistle and swept a low left-footed shot across goal and into the bottom right corner.
Arsenal had a two-goal cushion after 51 minutes. Robin van Persie held the ball up 30 yards out, and, as he was closed down, Michael Essien's challenge inadvertently pushed the ball straight to Walcott clean through on goal.
The England winger dashed to the edge of the box, where he drew Cech before sliding the ball along to Fabregas and the Arsenal skipper made no mistake from 15 yards.
Chelsea had little chance to recover, as Walcott smashed in goal number three just 90 seconds later. Walcott robbed Florent Malouda and fed Fabregas, who repaid the favour by sending the Arsenal winger away down the right for him to slot a low shot into the bottom left corner.
Chelsea snatched a lifeline after 57 minutes when Didier Drogba's free-kick floated through to the six-yard box, where it was nodded in by Ivanovic.
Substitute Abou Diaby's close-range effort was blocked by Frank Lampard and Gael Kakuta's bundled effort was ruled out for offside as the Gunners closed out for a long-overdue victory against their championship rivals and moved within two points of leaders Manchester United, albeit having played a game more.