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Stamford Bridge (ATT 41,801) 29th October 2011 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: A Marriner

Chelsea Chelsea vs Arsenal Arsenal

Chelsea 3

F Lampard (14)
J Terry (45)
J Mata (80)

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Arsenal 5

R van Persie (36, 85, 90+2)
Andre Santos (49)
T Walcott (55)

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RVP inspires amazing win

Arsenal come from behind to prevail 5-3 at Stamford Bridge

Last Updated: 29/10/11 3:55pm

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Robin van Persie kept up his stunning form to give Arsenal victory

Robin van Persie kept up his stunning form to give Arsenal victory

Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Arsenal twice came from behind to overcome Chelsea 5-3 in an incredible Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.

Man of the match: Robin van Persie again showed his class with a dazzling display of forward play. His first goal may have been a simple finish but he showed great composure for the crucial goal that made it 4-3 and then put the icing on the cake with his hat-trick. Moment of the match: So many to choose from but the decisive moment was John Terry's slip that allowed Van Persie to round Petr Cech and put the Gunners 4-3 ahead. Goal of the game: The best move of the match created Arsenal's opener, as Aaron Ramsey played in Gervinho with a delightful through-ball and the Ivory Coast international unselfishly squared the ball to Van Persie. Save of the match: Wojciech Szczesny was far more impressive than Cech and pulled off a good stop to dive away to his left and keep out frank Lampard's free-kick. Talking point: Could this match be a turning point for Arsenal? What went wrong in the Chelsea defence?

Both sides were carved open with alarming regularity in a display of defending that will have infuriated their managers, but the almost reckless commitment to attacking football made for an extraordinary spectacle.

The Blues drew first blood when Frank Lampard nodded in Juan Mata's right-wing cross, before Van Persie tapped in an equaliser following great work by Aaron Ramsey and Gervinho.

John Terry restored Chelsea's lead as Arsenal failed abjectly to deal with a corner on the stroke of half-time, but the game was turned on its head after the break as goals from Andre Santos and Theo Walcott put the visitors in front for the first time.

Mata's stunning strike made it 3-3 with ten minutes remaining but Van Persie capitalised on a Terry slip to round Petr Cech and give the Gunners the lead once more.

The Dutchman completed his treble following a fast counter-attack in stoppage time to seal a remarkable derby victory.

Feast of football

Terry was under the spotlight at the start of the match after a week in which he has had to deny allegations that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.

An investigation is under way and fan reaction was predictable in the first few minutes, but both sets of supporters were soon transfixed by a feast of attacking football.

After Ashley Cole twice got in behind the visitors' defence, Chelsea really should have scored when three of their players beat the Gunners' offside trap but Daniel Sturridge somehow sent his cross straight at Wojciech Szczesny.

The home side also looked vulnerable and Gervinho somehow scuffed a tap-in wide after Walcott surged past Cole. The Arsenal winger also picked out captain Van Persie, who volleyed over.

It was the Arsenal defence which buckled first after 14 minutes, the outstanding Mata teasing Van Persie and swinging in a right-wing cross which the unmarked Lampard stooped to head home.

Van Persie was robbed after again getting in behind before the goalmouth action finally relented until the 29th minute, when Lampard's flighted ball put Sturridge clean through but the forward got his left-footed finish all wrong.

And Arsenal made him pay seven minutes later when they equalised with the kind of goal they are all too often accused of trying to score.

Ramsey picked out Gervinho's brilliant run and the Ivory Coast striker drew Cech and squared for Van Persie to slot into an empty net.

Sturridge thought he had put Chelsea back in front four minutes before the break but he was rightly ruled offside poking home Ramires' cross.

But they were gifted the lead on the stroke of half-time through Terry, of all people, who got in front of Per Mertesacker to cushion Lampard's corner in off the post right in front of the Arsenal fans.

Tables turned

Incredibly, the tables turned within 10 minutes of the restart as Arsenal scored twice to take the lead and Szczesny avoided what looked a certain red card.

Van Persie and Ramsey both missed chances to level inside a minute but Santos did manage to score three minutes later when his superb first touch onto Gervinho's ball gave him time to send a strike through Cech's legs and into the net.

Chelsea immediately went on the attack and Szczesny received a yellow card after he came rushing out of goal and tripped Cole on the edge of the box.

Szczesny rubbed salt into the wound by tipping Lampard's resulting free-kick wide before Arsenal scored again, Walcott bundling his way through the home defence and lashing the ball past Cech at the near post.

Both sides made a raft of changes as the end-to-end action continued, with Ramsey missing another good chance for the visitors who were looking the more dangerous.

Terry was forced to act as peacemaker after a clash between Van Persie and Branislav Ivanovic, both of whom were booked.

And there was a grandstand finish thanks to a wonderful strike from Mata, who let fly from 25 yards to beat the despairing Szczesny.

But like the first half, the second ended up being decided by Terry, who slipped chasing substitute Florent Malouda's backpass, leaving Van Persie to race clear, round Cech and make it 4-3.

Mata twice saw efforts blocked as Chelsea tried to level before Van Persie hit them on the break again by blasting left-footed past Cech.

ChelseaTeam StatisticsArsenal
3Goals5
21st Half Goals1
7Shots on Target7
5Shots off Target5
2Blocked Shots1
3Corners2
8Fouls19
5Offsides2
1Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
84.8Passing Success82
33Tackles30
75.8Tackles Success80
52.1Possession47.9
50.6Territorial Advantage49.4
499Total Passes456
15Total Crosses9
146Lost Balls159
70Recoveries74

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3 Manchester United 17 32
4 West Ham United 17 31
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7 Arsenal 16 26
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 16 23
10 Everton 17 21
11 Liverpool 16 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
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14 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
15 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
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17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
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