Chelsea rout ruins Arsene Wenger's big day
Jose Mourinho's men humiliate Arsenal with a 6-0 victory in Arsene Wenger's 1000th game
London: Chelsea spoilt Arsene Wenger's 1,000th match as Arsenal manager by humiliating their London rivals 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to pull seven points clear in the Premier League.
Chelsea players celebrate their second goal scored by Andre Schurrle during their EPL match against Arsenal on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Wenger was hoping to celebrate his milestone by cutting Chelsea's lead to a point, but instead his side were blown away by a flurry of first-half goals from Samuel Eto'o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar.
Hazard's goal came from the penalty spot after Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled the ball on the line, but a bizarre case of mistaken identity meant that his teammate Kieran Gibbs was sent off instead.
Oscar completed his brace in the 66th minute before substitute Mohamed Salah scored to seal the club's biggest-ever win over Arsenal and give manager Jose Mourinho his most emphatic Chelsea success.
"This defeat is my fault. I take full responsibility for it," said a crestfallen Wenger. "I don't think there's too much need to talk about the mistakes we made. We got a good hiding today."
Asked if it had been one of the worst days of his career, Wenger replied: "Yes, of course it's one of the worst days." Mourinho, whose side had crashed to a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa last weekend, said: "At 2-0 after seven minutes, the game is over.
We were too strong. We had momentum, but it stopped last Saturday against Aston Villa for some reason. Now we are trying to build more momentum." Arsenal retain a game in hand on Chelsea and have the consolation of an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to.
The 15th minute witnessed the most peculiar incident, as a diving Oxlade-Chamberlain used his left hand to block a shot from Hazard. Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot, but sent off Gibbs. Chamberlain could be seen on TV telling: "Ref, it was me!"
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