The Spanish pair proved to be the difference for the Blues scoring either side of Gervinho’s first half strike to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and inflict a first defeat on Arsene Wenger’s side.
Roberto Di Matteo surprisingly included captain John Terry in his starting lineup despite the defender enduring a testing week in which he was found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, banned for four matches and fined £220,000.
Jeers and boos greeted the 31-year-olds every touch but, ever the professional, Terry did his best to silence the home crowd playing a vital role in restricting Arsenal’s attack to half chances during the opening stages.
The best chance fell to Abou Diaby who fired low at Petr Cech before being substituted due to injury with Chelsea snatching the lead soon after. Juan Mata swung a free kick in from the right that Torres did brilliantly to volley home despite the close attention of Laurent Koscielny. Referee Martin Atkinson then waved two penalty appeals away within a matter of seconds, Jon Obi Mikel nudging Santi Cazorla in the back from a corner before Torres broke at the other end only to see his progress halted by Koscielny.
With half time approaching the home side pulled themselves level thanks to Gervinho’s stunning turn and finish from eight yards following some slick build up play between Mikel Arteta and substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before Cazorla sliced wide from close range soon after the break.
But the Gunners were undone in the 53rd minute as Mata delivered another whipped set piece from the right that evaded everyone in the penalty area including goalkeeper Vito Mannone to restore Chelsea’s lead and send them back to West London with all three points.