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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 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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