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Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

Chelsea celebrate

Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal turned out to be an occasion to forget for the Frenchman as his 10-man team were crushed by Chelsea.

Arsenal were two behind after seven minutes, with first Samuel Eto'o and then Andre Schurrle benefiting from clinical Chelsea counter-attacking.

Eden Hazard's penalty after a Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handball all but finished the match as a contest.

Oscar scored twice before Mohamed Salah inflicted more pain on the Gunners.

Substitute Salah's strike completed a miserable afternoon for the visitors, who appeared to have the wrong player sent off when Kieran Gibbs was dismissed following Oxlade-Chamberlain's first-half handball.

It was Jose Mourinho's biggest Premier League victory as Chelsea manager and also the first time in Chelsea's history that they have scored six times against their London rivals.

Kieran Gibbs is wrongly sent off against Chelsea
A penalty was awarded after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped Eden Hazard's shot around a post with his hand but Gibbs was shown the red card

During a week in which Wenger has received much acclaim for his longevity and success, the Frenchman also prophetically remarked that every defeat left "a scar in your heart that you never forget".

Wenger also went on to say there had been "much suffering" - as well as joy - since he joined Arsenal in 1996 and watching his team beaten so convincingly by the Premier League leaders, severely damaging their title hopes in the process, would have caused the 64-year-old much pain.

The visitors were caught dilly-dallying in possession on too many occasions, leaving Chelsea's powerful midfield to steal the ball with ease and ruthlessly surge forward to get the better of a ragged Arsenal defence.

Arsenal host Manchester City on Saturday after a midweek tie against Swansea and defeat in either of those matches would knock the Gunners - seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea - out of the title race.

It was Jose Mourinho's Chelsea who beat Wenger in his 500th game in charge of Arsenal in 2005 and the Portuguese, who has now not lost to Wenger in 11 games, ruined the Frenchman's day once again.

The story could have been different had Petr Cech not dived low to save Olivier Giroud's stabbed effort from close range in the opening minutes.

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But the striker failed to make the most of Tomas Rosicky's through ball and Chelsea counter-attacked through Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard before the ball fell to Eto'o, who cut in to score with his left boot.

Nemanja Matic then nicked the ball from the lacklustre Santi Cazorla and put Schurrle through. The German found the bottom left corner, just as Eto'o had done two minutes earlier.

Wenger, disheartened in the dugout, threw a bottle of water on to the sidelines but the afternoon would soon get worse for him.

Oxlade-Chamberlain conceded a penalty for tipping Hazard's curling effort away with his fingertips. The Belgian scored from the spot but referee Andre Marriner wrongly sent off Kieran Gibbs, despite Oxlade-Chamberlain telling Marriner he was the culprit.

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Three minutes before the break Chelsea were further ahead as Schurrle and substitute Fernando Torres created a simple tap-in for Oscar.

It was the first time Chelsea had scored four first-half goals in a league game since April 2012, when QPR were the opponents.

Inevitably, more goals followed after the break with Oscar doubling his personal tally by finding the corner and then substitute Salah beating the off-side trap to confidently finish beyond Szczesny.

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Line-ups

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 21Matic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 14Schürrle
  • 4David LuizSubstituted forMikelat 72'minutes
  • 29Eto'oSubstituted forTorresat 10'minutes
  • 11OscarSubstituted forSalahat 67'minutes
  • 17Hazard

Substitutes

  • 8Lampard
  • 9Torres
  • 12Mikel
  • 15Salah
  • 19Ba
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 33Kalas

Arsenal

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Sagna
  • 28GibbsBooked at 15mins
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forFlaminiat 45'minutes
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6KoscielnySubstituted forJenkinsonat 45'minutes
  • 7RosickyBooked at 52mins
  • 8Arteta
  • 12Giroud
  • 19Cazorla
  • 9PodolskiSubstituted forVermaelenat 24'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Vermaelen
  • 20Flamini
  • 21Fabianski
  • 22Sanogo
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 29Källström
  • 44Gnabry
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
41,614

Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home21
Away11
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea 6, Arsenal 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 6, Arsenal 0.

Offside, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mathieu Flamini.

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea).

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces David Luiz.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 6, Arsenal 0. Mohamed Salah (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nemanja Matic with a through ball.

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Mohamed Salah replaces Oscar.

Goal!

Goal! Chelsea 5, Arsenal 0. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

Attempt saved. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mikel Arteta with a cross.

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Fernando Torres.

Offside, Chelsea. André Schürrle tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea3121643969
2Liverpool3020554465
3Man City2820354963
4Arsenal3019561962
5Everton2915951354
6Tottenham301659-153
7Man Utd3015691451
8Newcastle3014412-246
9Southampton301299645
10Aston Villa299713-634
11Stoke3081012-1234
12Hull309615-533
13Norwich318815-2232
14West Ham308715-831
15Swansea307815-629
16West Brom3051312-1228
17Crystal Palace308418-2028
18Sunderland286715-1825
19Cardiff316718-3225
20Fulham317321-4024
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