Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League by defeating nine-man Arsenal 2-0 in a feisty encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The defender’s 53rd-minute header and the Belgian’s deflected strike sealed an ultimately facile win over Arsene Wenger’s men, who had Gabriel and Santi Cazorla dismissed
The Blues rarely troubled the Gunners during a tame opening first half but the game was sparked into life just before the break when Gabriel saw red for allegedly kicking out at Diego Costa.
Zouma broke the deadlock eight minutes after the interval with a header from a Cesc Fabregas and, after Santi Cazorla picked up his second booking of the afternoon, Eden Hazard’s deflected strike put an added gloss on Chelsea’s first home win of the season.
Gabriel and Cazorla dismissed for Gunners
Zouma opens scoring before Hazard strikes
Chelsea XI: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa
Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis; Walcott