Chelsea won 2-0 against an Arsenal side who finished the contest with nine players at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The game started in lively fashion as the Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has a shot blocked and Fabregas saw an effort saved by the visiting goalkeeper Peter Cech, who played for the first time at Stamford Bridge since his transfer to Arsenal.
Chelsea forward Diego Costa clashed with defender Gabriel Paulista in the closing minutes of first half and both players were shown yellow card by referee Mike Dean. Moments later, Gabriel was given a straight red card for flicking his leg at Costa as the two players walked back to the halfway line.
Earlier in the first half, the Spain international Costa was also involved in the heated exchange with defender Laurent Koscielny when they clashed in the box and Costa hit the France international with a swinging arm.
Eight minutes after the break, Kurt Zouma gave the home side an impossible lead in the heated contest when Zouma headed home from Febregas’ free-kick. Ten-man Arsenal responded strongly after one down as they created primary goal scoring chances but the Gunners were denied by in-form Asmir Begovic.
Santiago Cazorla was shown a second yellow card for a bad foul 11 minutes before time. At this point, the visitors lost control and grip over their arch-rivals Chelsea as they were down to nine players. Eden Hazard finished off the match with a goal in the dying stages while Chelsea secured first home league win of the season.
Arsenal had disappointing week as they lost both of their encounters including Champions League loss to Dinamo Zagreb. The Arsenal boss Arsene Wegner headed straight down to the tunnel at the final whistle without shaking hands with his Chelsea counterpart.
“Good victory, we need to win matches. We won twice in three days, we kept two clean sheets. We controlled the matches,” said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. IMAGE/ Andy Rain/ EPA