Chelsea destroyed Arsenal to continue Jose Mourinho’s incredible home record and ruin Arsene Wenger’s celebration of 1000 games in charge of the North London outfit. This was supposed to be a real test of Chelsea’s title aspirations but, in truth, the result was never in doubt after eight sensational minutes.
Mourinho had his charges chomping at the bit and they tore out of the traps, much to Arsenal’s surprise. Eto’o was almost through in the first minute and the tempo was almost frightening. Surprisingly Arsenal had the first real chance when Giroud weakly met a great through ball but, not for the first time this season, Cech saved well down to his left. Chelsea broke up Arsenal’s next attack and broke at lightening speed. Schurrle raced through the middle and fed Eto’o on the right of the area, he cut back, leaving the defender on his backside, and curled a fantastic effort past the flapping Szczesny. The Bridge erupted, but more was to follow!
This time Schurrle turned from supplier to scorer. Chelsea’s superb midfield duo of Luiz and Matic were all over their red counterparts. Matic won the ball in the centre circle and immediately fed Schurrle. He ran at the retreating Arsenal back four and shot early to catch the keeper off guard and scored in exactly the same spot as Eto’o had two minutes earlier. The Bridge erupted, but there was more to follow!
Chelsea lost Eto’o to a muscle injury on nine minutes but his replacement Fernando Torres was soon in on the act. Torres received a pass from Hazard advanced in to the area, returned the ball to Hazard who tried his luck with a curling effort which beat the keeper. Bizarrely, Oxlade-Chamberlain decided to try his luck as a second keeper and palmed the ball away. This was followed by total confusion. Neither the referee nor his assistant seemed to know what had happened. Andre mariner was surrounded by Chelsea players claiming the handball. Marriner held his hand to his ear desperately trying to get advice from the fourth official. Penalty was the decision and the guilty player had to go. Even more bizarrely the officials sent off Gibbs, even though the guilty party admitted responsibility. Hazard made no mistake from the spot. The Bridge erupted, but there was more to follow!
Chelsea kept possession, made their counterparts chase the ball and continued to break with devastating pace. The fourth goal was set up for Oscar by the impressive Torres. He broke down the right and his low centre was dinked over the advancing keeper and in to the roof of the net, from close range. Halt time 4-0 up and in total command, the Chelsea faithful surely enjoyed their half time refreshments more than ever before.
The second half was never going to live up to the extraordinary first 45 but Chelsea continued to keep possession and wait for their chances. The fifth goal came after 65 minutes and once again it was Oscar who sent the Bridge in to frenzy. The Brazilian tried his luck from 25 yards and the hapless Arsenal keeper could only parry the ball in to the net. Chelsea were in cruise control and completely dominant.
Mohammed Salah replaced Oscar and was on the score sheet within five minutes. His clever run behind the static away defence saw him race through on goal and slide the ball under the advancing Szczesny. Six nil to Chelsea and the away end was emptying as quickly as Chelsea were attacking.
A fantastic Chelsea performance, full of pace, midfield dominance and excellent finishing. At the end Rosicky changed shirts with his compatriot Petr Cech, at least he won’t have to wash it before putting it on his wall!!