Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho described his side’s 6-0 win over Arsenal as both ‘easy and comfortable’ but the ease in which they destroyed the visitors at Stamford Bridge was a surprise to many.
Mourinho’s side came to kill, and kill they did. It did not take long for Samuel Eto’o to open the scoring in the 5th minute and Andre Schürrle followed suit two minutes later when Nemanja Matic put the German in on goal.
At 2-0 the Gunners already looked like they were done but things got much worse for Arsene ‘specialist in failure’ Wenger’s side when Kieran Gibbs was sent off for a handball offence that was actually committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but Andre Marriner’s gaffe was a mere sideshow in this mauling, and Eden Hazard dispatched the resulting penalty kick.
In these situations we would be more than used to seeing Chelsea shut up shop but the usually pragmatic Mourinho waved his bloodthirsty side forwards as they didn’t only want to beat Arsenal, they wanted to destroy and humiliate them.
Brazilian playmaker Oscar has endured up-and-down performances over the past few months but gobbled up a brace on Saturday afternoon before Mohamed Salah scored his first goal for the club after breaking free from the Gunners’ defence and slotting the ball home.
There was to be no celebration for Wenger in his 1,000th game in charge of the north London club, no ridiculous ‘selfies’ taken by the hapless Wojciech Szczesny and co, and we even saw Arsenal fans leaving the stadium after the first half hour, yet Chelsea fans have ‘no class’ for all their gloating over a bunch of fans that were giving it large before a ball was even kicked.
Chelsea have been tremendous in the big games this season and it is with this sort of victory that may help earn them a Premier League crown but after hiccups against the likes of Aston Villa, Stoke City and West Brom they must treat every one of their remaining games as a big match.
As Mourinho says, Chelsea do not have their destiny in their own hands, so we don’t need to go making it hard for ourselves by throwing silly points away against sides in the bottom half of the table over the next few weeks.