Chelsea completely outclassed and humiliated Arsenal in a 6-0 pounding at Stamford Bridge.
Samuel Eto’o, Mohamed Salah, Andre Schurrle, Oscar, and Eden Hazard all got involved in the scoring with the Brazilian netting twice.
Eto’o found the net inside five minutes with a curling left-footed effort to finish a counter attack set off by a poor give away in the Arsenal midfield. Schurrle struck minutes later to double the Blues lead.
The game was already slipping away from the Gunners on Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge, but it got even worse when Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs for a handball committed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Hazard curled a right-footed effort that looked like it was just about going wide, but Oxlade-Chamberlain could take no chances standing on the line. He threw his arm in front of the strike, and Marriner pointed to the spot. In a strange turn of events, Marriner sent off Gibbs in what was assumedly a case of mistaken identity despite Oxlade-Chamberlain’s admission of guilt.
Hazard converted from the spot to put the Blues in front 3-0. Down three goals and a left back, the Gunners looked understandably deflated and many of the fans who made the trip from North London headed to the exits.
Any questions of whether Chelsea would let off and allow complacency to take over were answered before halftime when Oscar tapped in from close range to give the Blues a 4-0 lead at the interval. They started the second half slowly but the fifth goal came 20 minutes after the break courtesy of Oscar again.
He made way for Salah after the goal, and it didn’t take long for the Egyptian to get involved in the action. He ran in behind the back four and finished calmly by sliding the ball past a helpless Wojciech Szczesny to make it 6-0.
The crowd belted out Mourinho’s name and taunted Wenger with a “specialist in failure” chant throughout the match to add insult to injury.
The final whistle blew and Mourinho had already made his trademarked early exit to reportedly “tell his wife the score.” Wenger was left on the pitch alone and humiliated on what was supposed to be his special day. It turned out that it was not a special day for Wenger, but it was a special day for Jose Mourinho as his Blues look to keep the pressure on Manchester City and Liverpool in the race for the title.