Chelsea down Arsenal to cement top spot

Spain playmaker Juan Mata scored one goal and set up another as Chelsea handed Arsenal its first loss of the season, winning 2-1 on Saturday to consolidate top spot in the Premier League.

updated: September 30, 2012 08:17 IST
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London: Chelsea remained on top of the Premier League as Juan Mata inspired them to a 2-1 win over London rivals Arsenal on Saturday.

Roberto di Matteo's side are three points clear of second-place Everton, who maintained their promising form with a 3-1 home win over Southampton, but Manchester United can cut the lead to one point if they beat Tottenham in Saturday's late game.

Unsurprisingly, Chelsea captain John Terry endured taunts from Arsenal fans after this week's Football Association verdict that he was guilty of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match last October.

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