Jose Mourinho has never lost a competitive game against Arsene Wenger. Last night his astonishing record was never in doubt. Chelsea’s second string out passed, out classed and out scored a surprisingly strong home line up. Wenger fielded Wiltshere, Ramsey, Koscielny and Carzola, whilst Mourinho rested 10 players from Sunday’s brilliant result against Man City.
Chelsea started well in front of a very vociferous 9000 travelling fans. The movement and neat passing was a joy to watch. Any Premiership team that can field Mikel, Mata, Willian, Eto’o et al, as a second string eleven, truly have strength in depth. The first goal was very similar to Sunday’s winner, a defender heading back towards goal, a stranded keeper, with a Spaniard nipping in to score. For Fernando Torres read Cesar Azpilicuerta.
Chelsea continued to control the match, Essien, in particular, was very impressive. Arsenal had one effort on target in the first 45 minutes. Mourinho was surely delighted with his team, at the break. One nil up, in total control and cruising.
Arsenal started the second spell on the front foot. Wenger must have been worried that his best chance of silver ware, for this season, was dwindling fast. It was a really good game of football, ebbing and flowing, without either keeper being really tested. Wenger decided to bring on record signing Ozil, however, before he could touch the ball, Chelsea were two up. Juan Mata controlled a Willian knock down superbly and unleashed an unstoppable right footed strike past the hapless Fabianski.
The away support were now in their element. Carzola came to take a corner, only to be met with choruses of ‘your just a s**t Juan Mata’!!! David Moyes came in for a bit of stick and Wenger didn’t miss out either!
Chelsea controlled the rest of the game even though the ineffectual Bendtner was replaced by ‘in form’ Giroud. Mourinho brought on Ramires to strengthen the middle of the park and Chelsea ran out comfortable winners.
So what did last night tell us? Chelsea have a far superior squad to Arsenal, Wenger is tactically overwhelmed by Mourinho and the Blues have the best support in the land.
Next up the Geordies, who will be smarting from their reversal at bitter rivals, Sunderland, but JM has the Blues purring and I expect Chelsea to be top on Sunday morning, after Liverpool secure a draw at the Emirates!