Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-1 at Stamford bridge

Rafael Benitez finally enjoyed some home comfort today as Chelsea avoided throwing away another two-goal lead by clinging on to beat Arsenal.

It was very nearly Groundhog Day at snowy Stamford Bridge, with the Gunners making amends for an appalling first-half performance through Theo Walcott's first goal since signing his new contract.

Lampard scored Chelsea's second goal from the penalty spot
Lampard scored Chelsea's second goal from the penalty spot Credit: PA

But it was not enough to overturn the two-goal head start they gifted Chelsea, with Juan Mata's strike and Frank Lampard's penalty - his 195th goal for the club - ultimately proving the difference.

A Barclays Premier League double over Arsenal also saw the third-placed Blues move 11 points clear of their opponents and cast serious doubt over the top-four credentials of Arsene Wenger's men.

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