Something had to give in this most crucial of fixtures in the English Premier League.
Arsenal came into this fixture knowing that the mental advantage stood overwhelmingly in the Blues corner. Everyone kept trumpeting the Drogba stat: 13 goals in 11 games vs Arsenal in all competitions. And when the game started, the Ivorian looked decidedly intent on inflicting more damage.
Alex Song started imposing himself onto the game early on, and his efforts were rewarded just before halftime, after Fabregas looked to have been fouled by Ferreira in the build up.
The second half saw Marouane Chamakh (Morocco) thrown into the fray but not before Arsenal had gone 3-0 up. Drogba had to have his way though, as Chelsea scored a consolation through Branislav Ivanovic's header from the Ivorian's freekick.
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Michael Essien, Salomon Kalou and Mikel Obi did not do much, as per their standards, and the result leaves Ancelloti wondering what his fate would be.
Here's proof of how Song was instrumental fared in the game. Thanks to Guardian Chalkboards.
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Thanks to @Orbinho for this: the pass completion rate for Chamakh was 100%, Drogba - 63%, Mikel - 87% and Essien - 87%.