Hoping to celebrate 1000th match milestone by cutting Chelsea’s lead to a point, his side was instead blown away 6- 0 by a flurry of first- half goals
London Chelsea spoilt Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match as Arsenal manager by humiliating their London rivals 6- 0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to pull seven points clear in the Premier League.
Wenger was hoping to celebrate his milestone by cutting Chelsea’s lead to a point, but instead his side was blown away by a flurry of first- half goals from Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar.
Hazard’s goal came from the penalty spot after Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain had handled the ball on the line, but a bizarre case of mistaken identity meant that his team- mate Kieran Gibbs was sent off instead.
Oscar completed his brace in the 66th minute before substitute Mohamed Salah scored to seal the club’s biggest- ever win over Arsenal and give manager Jose Mourinho his most emphatic Chelsea success.
Arsenal retain a game in hand on Chelsea and have the consolation of an FA Cup semi- final to look forward to, but they are now at risk of being left behind in the title race.
Liverpool can move to within four points of Chelsea with victory at second- bottom Cardiff City later on Saturday, while fourth- place Manchester City will climb above Arsenal, with two games in hand, if they beat bottom club Fulham.
Arsenal were the first team to threaten at a sunsoaked Stamford Bridge, with Olivier Giroud forcing Petr Cech to make a smart save in the fourth minute, but from then on it was one- way traffic.
Eto’o opened the scoring a minute later, cutting inside Oxlade- Chamberlain and curling home, before Schurrle made it 2- 0 two minutes later with a drilled shot into the bottom- left corner.
Eto’o was then forced off due to an apparent hamstring injury, with Fernando Torres entering the fray, but Chelsea continued to attack. — AFP PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea players celebrate the third goal and ( below) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reacts from the dug out during the EPL encounter on Saturday.