Premier League - Chelsea crush Arsenal on Wenger’s special day

Premier League, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea (Eto'o 5, Schurrle 7, Hazard 17 pen, Oscar 42, 66, Salah 71) Arsenal 0

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Premier League - Chelsea crush Arsenal on Wenger’s special day
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Chelsea celebrate Andre Schurrle's goal against Arsenal (Reuters)

Chelsea humiliated Arsenal with a 6-0 victory on Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge for Arsenal.

Chelsea scored first on five minutes when Samuel Eto’o curled a left-footed shot past Wojciech Szczesny from the edge of the box, just after Olivier Giroud wasted a great chance. Three minutes later, Andre Schurrle made it two from the same spot after receiving a pass from Nemanja Matic.

On 15 minutes, Eden Hazard’s shot, already going wide, was handled by the diving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Andre Marriner then mistakenly sent Kieran Gibbs off as the match descended into farce. Hazard converted the penalty, stroking it down the middle of the goal.

On 42 minutes, Chelsea scored their fourth when Fernando Torres crossed from the right for Oscar to blast into the net.

The second half was far less frantic, with Santi Cazorla dragging his shot wide, and Oscar having a shot tipped over. Then, on 66 minutes, Oscar made it five when his low shot from the edge of the box was missed by Wojciech Szczesny’s dive.

Mohamed Salah then scored his first Chelsea goal, running onto a Matic long ball to finish low past Szczesny. It remains Chelsea’s title to lose.

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KEY EVENTS

4’ - GIROUD MISS - Inside the box, Giroud drags a low shot towards goal that Cech does well to save.

5’ - ETO’O GOAL - Schurrle bursts forward as Arsenal lose the ball in midfield, finds Eto’o to his right, who curls the ball past Szczesny.

8’ - SCHURRLE GOAL - Matic bursts forward as Arsenal lose the ball in midfield, finds Schurrle to his right, who drills the ball past Szczesny.

15’ - HANDBALL - Oscar bursts forward as Arsenal lose the ball in midfield, he swaps passes with Fernando Torres, and has his shot handballed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

16’ - GIBBS IS OFF - Gibbs is sent off by Andre Marriner as he confuses the defender with Oxlade-Chamberlain, and despite the winger admitting his guilt.

17’ - HAZARD PENALTY - Striding up to take the spot-kick, Hazard waits for Szczesny to chose a side, and then fires the penalty down the middle.

42’ - OSCAR GOAL - Set free down the right, Torres takes his time to send the ball across for Oscar to finish with power from close-range.

47’ - LUIZ AND TORRES CHANCE - Torres does well to evade Vermaelen on the edge of the box, and stands up to Rosicky’s challenge, but his shot is blocked, and Luiz’s effort from the rebound is put behind.

60’ - CAZORLA SHOT - Cazorla drags his shot inches wide, but Cech probably had it covered.

66’ - FIVE-NIL - Oscar collects a loose ball from Rosicky to Arteta, and curls in a shot that Szczesny could, but doesn’t, palm away.

71’ - SALAH MAKES IT SIX - Jogging onto a ball over the top, in miles of space, Salah curls his shot under the ‘keeper.

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KEY STATS

This was Oscar’s first goal or assist since January 1st

Jose Mourinho has never lost against Arsene Wenger as an opposition manager (W6 D5 L0).

Arsenal have failed to score in their three games against Chelsea this season.

Arsenal have won none of their last 12 Premier League meetings against Chelsea, Man Utd or Man City (W0 D5 L7).

Chelsea have the best home record in the top flight with 44 points and are the only team not to suffer a home defeat in the Premier League this season.

The last Chelsea player to concede a Premier League penalty under Jose Mourinho was Khalid Boulahrouz and it was against Arsenal (May 2007).

MATCHCAST: FULL MATCH STATS AND COMMENTARY

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TALKING POINT

Should Arsene Wenger get another chance to put this right? Like David Moyes at Manchester United, there is no longer any guarantee that time is what the manager needs, nor that money might better be spent under a different leader. This collapse against rivals is now as much a trademark for Arsenal as their counter-attacks are.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Andre Schurrle (Chelsea): After a slow start to his Chelsea career, Schurrle is now scoring and setting up goals for his side. With Willian out of the team, suspended, it was a well timed contribution.

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea: Cech 6, Ivanovic 6, Cahill 6, Terry 6, Azpilicueta 7, Matic 8, David Luiz 7, Schurrle 8, Oscar 7, Hazard 7, Eto'o 7. Subs: Mikel 6, Salah 7, Torres 7.

Arsenal: Szczesny 5, Sagna 6, Mertesacker 6, Koscielny 6, Gibbs 6, Arteta 4, Rosicky 4, Oxlade-Chamberlain 4, Cazorla 4, Podolski 5, Giroud 5. Subs: Vermaelen 5, Jenkinson 6, Flamini 5.

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