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Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal: Blues hammer Gunners, as bizarre red card ruins Wenger’s big day (video)

Mar 22, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

LONDON — Chelsea hammered London rivals Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, as Jose Mourinho’s men sent out a huge message to the rest of the Premier League title-chasers with their biggest-ever win over the Gunners.

Jose Mourinho’s men started in rampant fashion, as Samuel Eto’o and Andre Schurrle scored in the first 10 minutes to put the Blues 2-0 up, then Eden Hazard scored a penalty to make it 3-0 after an incredible moment of controversy in the 16th minute. Standing on the line, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tipped Hazard’s original shot wide with his hand and referee Andre Marriner spotted the handball, awarded a penalty… but sent off Kieran Gibbs in a case of mistaken identity.

Cue pandemonium, but Arsenal were down to 10-men as Arsene Wenger‘s 1,000th game in charge of the Gunners was to end in humiliation. Before the break Oscar added a fourth, then he scored again to make it 5-0 after 66 minutes. Mohamed Salah scored late on to make it 6-0, as Chelsea increased their lead at the top of the standings to seven points. The Blues have 69 points, while Arsenal are third with 62 points.

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A frantic start took place in the sun at Stamford Bridge, as Arsenal pushed early on and Olivier Giroud spurned a glorious chance put them 1-0 up in the 3rd minute as Petr Cech saved his tame effort. Arsenal were made to pay for that, massively, as Chelsea then went ahead in the fourth minute as Eto’o cut inside with a beautiful turn, then curled home a left-footed shot into the far corner to make it 1-0. Two minutes later Chelsea led 2-0, as Schurrle ran at the Gunners defense and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner as Stamford Bridge erupted. But the drama was not over, not by a long shot.

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Schurrle delights the home fans, as Chelsea battered Arsenal on Saturday.

In the 15th minute Hazard smashed a shot towards the bottom corner that had beaten Arsenal’s ‘keeper Szczesny but out of nowhere Oxlade-Chamberlain arrived to tip the ball wide with his hand. Referee Andre Marriner spotted the handball, awarded a penalty… but sent off Kieran Gibbs. Arsenal’s players protested, including Oxlade-Chamberlain who told the referee it was him, but Gibbs was still given his marching orders in one of the most bizarre dismissals in Premier League history.

Hazard converted the penalty kick to make it 3-0 to the Blues after 16 minutes, as Arsenal were down to 10-men and reeling from a remarkable opening few minutes at Stamford Bridge.

The game settle down for the rest of the first half, with Chelsea going close to making it 4-0 when David Luiz surged forward from midfield and saw his deflected effort tipped wide by Szczesny. But in the 42nd minute Chelsea did extend their lead, as substitute Fernando Torres, who had replaced Eto’o after nine minutes, ran down the right and pulled the ball back for Oscar to hammer home and make it 4-0 at the break.

Chelsea continued to attack after the interval, as Torres’ run saw Luiz smash a shot in on goal from six-yards out that Szczesny saved well in the 47th minute. For 10-man Arsenal it was a case of damage limitation, as the Gunners kept the ball when they could but struggled to create any chances as Chelsea defended as resolutely as ever. In the 59th minute a prolonged spell of possession saw Santi Cazorla drive into the box but the Spaniard dragged his shot wide of the far post.

Mourinho was animated on the bench throughout the second half as his side sat back and soaked up Arsenal’s pressure instead of piling on the misery. But Oscar did add a fifth, and his second, in the 66th minute as the Brazilian picked the ball up 25-yards out and bent a tame shot towards the bottom corner that Szczesny somehow allowed to slip through and into the net.

There was still time for more goals, as Salah jumped off the bench to finish coolly and make it 6-0 after Nemanja Matic‘s terrific through ball. Chelsea sprayed the ball around for the rest of the  match, as the Blues enjoyed the afternoon sun in West London, while Arsenal were made to suffer for the entire 90 minutes.

LINEUPS 

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, David Luiz (Mikel, 72′); Schurrle, Oscar (Salah, 67), Hazard; Eto’o (Torres, 10′)

Goals: Eto’o (5′), Schurrle (7′), Hazard (17′)Oscar (42′ & 66′), Salah (71′)

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny (Jenkinson, 45′), Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Flamini, 45′), Cazorla, Podolski (Vermaelen, 24′), Giroud

Red Card: Gibbs (17′)

  1. footballer4ever - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    What a thrashing that was! Arsenal sure came flat and that defense , including goalkeeper, was pitiful.

  2. abrod1965 - Mar 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Wenger big day was ruined 9 years ago when he won his trophy, how many more humiliating defeats the ARSENAL owners need to realize that this team will never succeed with Wenger tactics, the BPL teams have evolved light years since he last won any silverware and he is still 10 years behind. No more excuses for the Frenchman, we are not Cardiff or Sunderland we have big sponsors and money, what we need is a new coach with new ideas that knows where to put the teams money. Boasts when we defeat Sunderland and the lousy game against the Spurs who themselves are struggling so no big feat right there.

    • tylersocal - Mar 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      The owners don’t care because it’s a business. Wenger does wonders on a relatively small budget and fields a competitive team that sells tickets at the highest price in the BPL. If the owners were only worried about silverware, Wenger would have been gone long ago. As fans, we want to see success but as long as we have owners and a manager who run a team based on a model, rather than on passion, we have to accept our team for what it is.

  3. geejon - Mar 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    How does something like ‘sending off the wrong player’ even happen? Even if the referee makes the initial error, he’s alerted to it by the players, there’s 2 linesmen who’ve seen it and a fourth official, not to mention he’s always in communication via the headset. No excuse for such incompetence … not that it had any effect on this game’s outcome, it didn’t, but that shouldn’t matter. This referee needs to be disciplined.

  4. godsholytrousers - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Ox Chamberlain is a punk ass chump. The official asked him “was it you”? , “was it you”? , twice Ox shook his head and responded “no”. If I were Gibbs, and had my game stolen away by that so-called mate, I would kick the shit out of him in the locker room. Further proof of Wenger’s loss of control and authority. Arsenal should suspend Ox for the next two matches for being such a Douche-Bag!

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