Arsenal produce a devastating first-half display in 3-0 win over Chelsea
Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The win broke a run of winless statistics for the Gunners against the Blues.
It was Arsenal’s first Premier League win over Chelsea since a 5-3 victory at Stamford Bridge in October 2011. That was a run of nine matches for the Gunners without a win.
It was the Gunners first home Premier League win over Chelsea since a 3-1 victory in December 2010.
It was also a first win for the Gunners in five London derbies in Premier League matches played at home.
It only took Arsenal 11 minutes to open the scoring through Alexis Sanchez.
The Gunners had failed to score in their last six Premier League games against Chelsea.
They broke that hoodoo when Alexis pounced on a misplaced Gary Cahill’s pass o race clear and chip the ball over Thibaut Courtois into the net.
The Gunners doubled their lead three minutes later after a flowing moved opened up a ponderous Chelsea defence.
Theo Walcott stroked the ball into the net from Hector Bellerin’s cross.
Walcott has now scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May 2013 (three in a row for the Gunners).
Whilst Bellerin has provided more assists than any other Premier League defender since the start of last season (six).
The Gunners third goal came from a lightning counter-attack from the edge of their own penalty area in the 40th minute.
Mesut Ozil ran away N’Golo Kante and passed to Alexis Sanchez on the rigbt side.
The Chilean floated a cross to Ozil at the far post and his volleyed effort bounced over Courtois and into the net via the post.
Toothless Chelsea didn’t have a shot on target until the 82nd minute.
Antonio Conte substituted his two main creative players Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard, who were both ineffective.
Whilst Arsenal’s recent nemesis Diego Costa picked up a late booking as he endured a frustrating evening.
So a fourth successive Premier League win for Arsenal, who move up to third place in the table behind Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
It was also a fitting way to mark the 20th anniversary of Arsene Wenger’s appointment as Arsenal manager.
Arsenal: Cech 7, Bellerin 8, Monreal 7, Koscielny 8, Mustafi 8, Coquelin 6 (Xhaka), Cazorla 7, Iwobi 7 (Gibbs), Walcott 8, Ozil 8, Sanchez 9 (Giroud)