Lee Dixon and Dennis Wise get friendly.

Dennis sends all Gooners into ecstasy after his goal.

Nigel Winterburn joins in the celebrations.

Ray Parlour slides in on Frank Leboeuf.

Manu and Dennis tangle in midfield.

New signing Kaba Diawara takes on Babayaro.

ARSENAL vs Chelsea
1 - 0
Attendance : 38,121

Would Chelsea succumb to their first Premiership defeat since the opening day of the season?

Would anyone get sent off as is the habit in these derby games between cosmopolitan Londoners from North and West?

That Arsenal won was down to their indomitable spirit, the backs to the wall attitude that sees them through time and again.

Arsene Wenger admitted that the win had kept Arsenal in the race for the championship. He said: "It was a stressful game and we knew only a win would keep us in the race.

"If Chelsea had come here and won nobody could stop them anymore.

"We needed a lot of experience and we don't want to give up our belief. We have to always show that kind of commitment and show we want to win our games."

Chelsea player / manager Gianluca Vialli admitted the defeat had hurt him and added: "When you play Arsenal away it may happen that you lose.
They defended very deep and we didn't look very sharp when we were close to their goal."

It was inevitable that there would be early bookings in this game. That Frank Leboeuf was the first barely 90 second into the match was even less of a surprise.

With tackles flying in from all angles, Dennis Bergkamp also found his name in the book for a challenge far less harsh than many others during the opening exchanges.

It was his fifth booking of the season and will mean a suspension, possibly against Manchester United. Wenger simply said: "It was harsh."

The clearest chances of the first half fell to our Dutchmen. Bergkamp caught Leboeuf out of position and hit a shot straight at De Goey and then fed Marc Overmars, whose trademark near post shot was turned around for a corner.

But the two lit up Highbury 12 minutes from the interval. Manu Petit floated the ball to the edge of the box, somehow Overmars beat Petrescu to it and flicked it through for Bergy to finish.

One nil to the Arsenal and Highbury reverberated in a chorus of glory. The game should have been over as a contest five minutes into the second half.

Ray Parlour played a perfect ball forward which Bergkamp picked up ahead of the defence but it stuck under his feet as he shaped to shoot.

Chelsea started to dominate proceedings and we could not get out of our own half. It took some desperate defending to keep them out with Petit and Tony Adams particularly impressive.

We did catch some glimpses of magic from Overmars, but Di Matteo had a shot tipped over the bar and when Vialli beat the offside, it took a magnificent clearance by Petit to sustain our advantage.

Nicolas Anelka, largely ineffective throughout the game, was replaced by Nelson Vivas to try and stem the forward runs of Chelsea's countless wide players.

The Highbury crowd also got their first glimpse of Kaba Diawara, who showed a couple of nice touches.

But with three minutes of injury time to be played at the end, the chorus of whistles that echoed around the stadium seemed to last as long as the extended period which the Gunners just about survived.

Still fourth in the table, but the gap is closing.

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