Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0 – Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game ends in disaster
Gunners now out of Premier League title race after being thrashed at Stamford Bridge
March 22nd, 2014
Chelsea moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League on Saturday when dishing out a 6-0 hammering to London rivals Arsenal and this boost to their goal difference could have a bearing on the final outcome.
Arsene Wenger watched proceedings with a pained expression on his 1000th game in charge, with Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle putting Chelsea 2-0 ahead within the first few minutes of the game, while worse was to follow for the Gunners.
As the Blues rampaged forward again, an Eden Hazard shot was cleared off the line by the hand of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the referee awarding the penalty after consulting with his assistant.
However, rather than send the Ox off, it was a case of mistaken identity as Kieran Gibbs was instead given his marching orders and Hazard duly despatched the spot kick to put the home side further in front.
Oscar made it four after some neat work from Fernando Torres, with the half-time break allowing Wenger to do some reshuffling and it was a case of damage limitation after the break, with Chelsea adding just two more goals to their tally.
Oscar scored his second goal of the game before substitute Mohamed Salah scored his first for Chelsea as the leaders made a real statement of intent before their rivals took to the pitch for their respective Saturday afternoon matches.
For Wenger, the focus is now on the FA Cup, with Arsenal’s title hopes torn to shreds after a poor defensive performance which had parallels with their previous 5-1 shoeing at Anfield.