London is red and Arsenal have sealed it. Chelsea beaten, broken, and battered. Arsenal made a brilliant start to the game and that was enough for them to kill Chelsea's momentum completely. The Gunners were in red-hot form from the word go and with 2 goals in quick succession made it even more comfortable for them.
Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in the 11th minute after a fumble by Gary Cahill. The Chilean ran through with the ball to chip it over Courtois to make it 1-0 to the hosts. Before Chelsea could do anything, Arsenal stormed forwards once again and made it 2-0. Chelsea's defense was caught napping as a brilliant ball to Bellerin enabled him to set up Theor Walcott with his first touch. Walcott who was unmarked easily tapped in, in the 14th minute. Just as the half time was approaching, Arsenal broke out on another counter attack and made it 3-0.
Arsenal maintained their concentration at the back and made sure that Chelsea had only ONE shot on target in the entire game!
86' Chelsea have a good chance to pull one back but Pedro skies his effort from the edge of the box.
84' David Luiz with a brilliant ball through to Batshuayi who's one on one with Cech but the Arsenal shot-stopper manages to save it.
82' Azpilicueta has a shot towards goal finally for Chelsea but it's an easy catch for Cech.
80' A dangerous cross in by Chelsea but it's cleared away by Gibbs. The away team is yet to have a shot on target.
Wenger seems to be happy with the 3-0 scoreline as he plans to bring on Olivier Giroud.
77' Xhaka finally listens to the Arsenal fans and shoots from 30 yards out. High and wide.
75' Diego Costa trying his hand at trickery but Arsenal defenders are in no mood. They manage to clear the ball easily.
73' Chelsea are on a counter with Pedro and Costa but Bellerin runs around them and manages to defend the ball away from danger.
68' Chelsea sleep at the back once again and Theo Walcott sneaks behind. Courtois' long legs save Chelsea from going 4-0 behind.
66' Ivanovic shoots from 35-40 yards out and it's a goal kick. Chelsea players just turned away as soon as he went for that shot.
64' Miscommunication at the back once again for Chelsea as Courtois does not come out to kick the ball away. Gary Cahill is furious with the Belgian.
62' Azpilicueta showing Willian who to cross a ball properly but Koscielny clears it away.
60' Willian with a good cross in and Diego Costa can't guide it on target. Goal kick.
Chelsea just don't seem to want the possession right now. So many miss passes and sloppiness.
56' Arsenal miss another golden opportunity to increase their lead and it's Ozil who fumbles this time. It fall right behind Sanchez and in front of Xhaka and the two have no idea what the other was doing.
53' Arsenal have an amazing opportunity to make it 4-0 but Thoe Walcott over hits his cross when he could have shot himself. Chelsea survive.
51' Arsenal happy to let Chelsea have the possession as they sit back and defend.
49' Iwobi tries to outpace Ivanovic but the Serbian rolls back years and matches the Nigerian's pace.
48' Diego Costa has the ball at his feet and Arsenal fans remember after 5 seconds that they are supposed to boo him.
We are back underway for the 2nd half
it's cheers and not boos at the whistle and Wenger looks surprised!
45' Freekick to Chelsea after a foul on Hazard. Fabregas takes it, Cech punches it up into the air and Hazard follows it up with a brilliant volley into the side net.
42' Ozil with a brilliant 'no-look' pass and the crowd goes nuts over it!
Ozil makes it 3-0 to Arsenal after a brilliant counter attack by the German and Sanchez. It looked like Ozil's shot was mishit but it hits the far post and goes in.
39' Diego Costa with a shot from close range but Koscielny makes a brilliant block!
38' Chelsea have a lot of possession around the Arsenal penalty box but a misplaced pass by Hazard ends it all.
36' Xhaka has the ball a good 30 yards away from goal and 50,000 Arsenal fans shouted "SHOOOOOOTTTTT"
35' Diego Costa wants a freekick but the referee doesn't give him one as he had already moved a good 10 yards with the ball after the foul.
34' Willian with a cross in a Cech collects it with ease.
32' Xhaka's first involvement is a foul on Ivanovic. No booking, just a freekick.
31' The ball is finally put out of play as Coquelin is down injured. Granit Xhaka is coming on for the injured Coquelin.
30' The freekick is finally taken by Sanchez and it's out for a corner after it deflects off the wall.
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