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Chelsea outsmart Gunners in freezy London derby

Chelsea put Arsenal’s top-four challenge on ice with a 2-1 win over their London rivals at snowy Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Rafael Benitez’s side raced into a two-goal lead within the first 16 minutes thanks to Juan Mata’s strike and a Frank Lampard penalty and then weathered the storm in freezing temperatures as Arsenal threatened a second half fightback.

Theo Walcott’s cool finish gave Arsenal hope of salvaging a point, but the Gunners now languish 11 points behind third placed Chelsea and six adrift of fourth placed Tottenham, who could extend that advantage when they face Manchester United later on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s side have won only one of their last five matches and another frustrating season looks set to be reduced to a struggle to qualify for the Champions League.


DEMPSEY STEALS UNITED OF PRICELESS WIN


A stoppage time Clint Dempsey goal gave made sure honours were shared at White Hart Lane against league leaders Manchester United.

Robin van Persie put the visitors in lead with a superb header in the 25th minute to  score his 18th league goal of the season. Tottenham pressed hard and kept United on their toes before an Aaron Lennon cross saw Dempsey fire in the 92nd minute to share the spoils.
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