By Ikenna Agu

Rafael Benitez

Chelsea’s interim manager Rafael Benitez believes his side were finally rewarded for their recent efforts with a 2-1 win over Arsenal.
The Blues had not won at Stamford Bridge in four games since beating Aston Villa 8-0 on 23 December.
Chelsea recorded only their second home league win in their last eight efforts in beating Arsenal.
“We have been doing well and creating chances in all our games,” said Benitez, 52.
“In the games we didn’t win we deserved to win. It was just a matter of time until we had a performance like this.”
Chelsea dominated the first half, with a Juan Mata strike and a Frank Lampard penalty putting them 2-0 up.
Theo Walcott pulled one back for Arsenal but Chelsea held on for the three points.
“That was good for the fans to see the first half,” said Benitez. “We were on top and controlling the game.
“In the second half Arsenal came pushing but we should have had the game won by half time. We should have taken more chances and we deserved even more goals.”
Arsenal had complaints over a foul by Chelsea midfielder Ramires in the build-up to the opening goal.


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