Parlour, Pietersen, Wright & more: Twitter reacts as Chelsea beat Arsenal

Ray Parlour, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Wright tweet their thoughts after Chelsea edge to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge

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Theo Walcott scored in a 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge Photo: Nike

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Chelsea returned to winning ways at Stamford Bridge after goals from Juan Mata and Frank Lampard helped the Blues to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

The Gunners were much-improved in the second half, and Theo Walcott halved the deficit in the 58th minute but Arsene Wenger’s side were unable to conjure up a late equaliser.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals past and present, in chronological order.

Reading striker Jason Roberts ‏(@JasonRoberts30) is looking forward to Sunday’s games: “Chelsea v Arsenal…….Spurs v Man United….Sundays don’t get much better than that…..”

Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (‏@piersmorgan) is critical of Giroud: “Brilliant ball by Walcott, poor finish by Giroud.”

Gunners legend Ian Wright ‏(@IanWright0) laments Giroud’s miss after Mata get the opener: “That’s the difference! Giroud gets a chance and misses! Mata gets a chance and scores! #getwhatyoupayfor”

Former Blues midfielder Jody Morris ‏(@morriskid) heaps praise on Ramires for a key role in Chelsea’s second goal: “Brilliant Ramires ..dispossessed Diaby then made it to the box.”

Crystal Palace defender Peter Ramage ‏(@peterramage83) can’t believe Mertsesacker’s attire: “Mertesacker, a centre-half, wearing gloves?! Do me a favour #softtart#shortssleeveweather”

England batsman Kevin Pietersen ‏(@kevinpp24) feels Chelsea are dominating their opponents: “This game is like watching the All Blacks play Japan in rugby..”

Ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore (‏@StanCollymore) thinks he can see where it’s going wrong for Arsenal: “Chelsea completely dominating central and attacking midfield areas of the pitch. Arsenal giving ball away from midfield way too cheaply.”

Golfer Ian Poulter ‏(@IanJamesPoulter) is not happy watching his team: “What am I really watching. I can’t believe I actually got out of bed to watch this Arsenal sh**e.”

Comedian and Arsenal fan Jack Whitehall ‏(@jackwhitehall) is similarly discontent: “Think the Arsenal players should make a snowman in Chelsea’s box he’d be more dangerous than Giroud.”

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour ‏(@RealRomfordPele) wants the midfield to step up: “Chelsea running all over the Arsenal midfield. Got to get a grip. Wilshire might have to drop deeper!”

Ex-Wimbledon striker Jason Euell ‏(@jasoneuell) demand an improvement in the second half from the Gunners: “When is the #AFC first-team going to turn up?? #randomtweet”

England bowler Steven Finn ‏(@finnysteve) asks why Fernando Torres now has a short haircut: “Was it a disgruntled Chelsea fan that cut Torres’ barnet this week? #stinker”

Boxer and Chelsea fan George Groves ‏(@StGeorgeGroves) wants Demba Ba to replace Torres: “Ok enough pissing about.. Get Ba on! #CFC”

Newcastle defender Danny Simpson (‏@dannysimpson) heaps praise on Walcott: “Sick finish from Walcott there!”

Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit (‏@GullitR) is also impressed by the forward’s finish: “Game on. Arsenal scored a great goal. The game gets better. Hope that #chelsea still wins!”

Stoke striker Michael Owen ‏(@themichaelowen) can’t understand why there’s so much criticism for Arsenal on Twitter: “Just got in and switched the TV on. Seem to be a lot of unhappy Gunners on here. Presume they were poor 1st half? They look pretty good now!”

Morris (‏@morriskid) is thankful for Gary Cahill’s defensive heroics: “Great challenge from Cahill!”

Finally, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann ‏(@DietmarHaman) thinks the Blues have lost their invincibility: “Chelsea just about hung on there.They used to be best team at defending a lead, they seem to have lost that.A very important three points though!”

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