Chelsea humiliated 10-man Arsenal 6-0 in a virtually one-sided Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to keep their title aspirations back on track.
It was a nightmare for Coach Arsene Wenger who marked his 1000th game with the Gunners on Saturday.
Samuel Eto’o got Chelsea up and running inside three minutes after latching on to a through pass from Andre Schurrle and curled the ball into the bottom corner from just inside the box to register the day’s first goal.
The Blues doubled their lead less than two minutes later when Schurrle, who provided the assist for the first goal, found some space for himself outside the box before drilling the ball into the corner of the net.
It got worse for Arsene Wenger’s side just after 15 minutes when Kieran Gibbs was wrongly dismissed for handball inside the box. Replays showed that it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who had made the deliberate contact with his hand.
Eden Hazard stepped up for the resultant penalty kick and sent the home side 3-0 ahead inside 17 minutes.
Chelsea kept on the pressure and came close to having their fourth after 30 minutes when David Luiz struck an effort from distance, but only a smart save from Szczesny prevented the home side extending their lead.
The home side continued to press for more and indeed had their fourth in the latter stages of the half, when Oscar converted a Fernando Torres cross from close range.
With no hope for comeback in the second half for the Gunners, their faint display continued. They were hit with two more goals from Oscar and substitute Mohammed Salah as Chelsea won the game 6-0.