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Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the London Derby

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Chelsea’s tremendous 6-0 win over London rivals Arsenal has sent shock-waves throughout the Premier League, with Jose Mourinho keeping his unbeaten run against Arsene Wenger up in style.

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Everything went right for the Blues on Saturday afternoon, as a sun-soaked Stamford Bridge was privy to one of the most one-sided affairs of the season, making Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of the Gunners one to forget, and fast.

Here are five things we’ve learnt from the Blues’ battering of Arsenal:

Chelsea can can bounce back

The Blues needed a response after losing their last league game against Aston Villa, and they sure did deliver. Arsene Wenger’s side were ripped apart in the first 20 minutes, with Chelsea going three up, and the Gunners going down to ten men.

The game was effectively over as a contest by that point, with Chelsea convincingly banishing the memory of Fabian Delph’s winner at Villa Park last weekend.

Mourinho going for the goals

Not only have the Blues have consolidated their position at the top, but they improved their goal difference as well, which could prove crucial in the title race.

Manchester City and Liverpool are as free-scoring as they come, and many consider Chelsea to be much more defensive minded. But today showed that Mourinho can go for the jugular, with his players putting on an electric show of high-octane football, pressing and harrying the Gunners from the off.

They would do well to keep the intensity up as we move into the business end of the season.

Potentially fatal blow to Arsenal

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After a moral boosting victory against Spurs in their Premier League outing, this defeat will obliterate that feel-good feeling at the club, which could irreparably damage their title push.

Although not out of the race yet, being seven points behind Chelsea with a game in hand, the defeat at Stamford Bridge will leave the Gunners feeling vulnerable, with their next game against Swansea a real test of their mettle.

Arsenal continue to struggle against top four sides

The players have let Wenger down, no doubt, but the Frenchman must take a large chunk of blame too. Arsenal were brutally destroyed away from home this season (to Manchester City and Liverpool), it seems like they haven’t learnt from their mistakes yet.

Today they looked like children in a playpen, with no real discipline or tactical direction. The Gunners just couldn’t deal with Chelsea’s fast-paced approach, coupled with the sheer physicality of the midfield and back-line.

Gunners’ squad lacking

Regardless of yet another crippling injury crisis, Arsenal should not be losing 6-0 to anyone. The squad needs looking at this summer, with the likes of Jenkinson, Kallstrom and Sanogo not striking fear into anyone’s heart.

Injuries will lessen the quality of the bench, granted, but considering this happens on a yearly basis, squads such as Chelsea’s and Manchester City’s always have a better chance of coming out on top come the end of the season.

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below…

Comments (8)

  1. I wondered why Wenger left Flamini on the bench. All of our failures have come without him: 6-3 at Man City; 5-1 at Anfield; 2-0 home to Bayern, 2-0 away to Napoli. I’ve never said this before but it’s time for Arsène to move on. There are NO excuses for this defeat that do not lie on his doorstep. Yoiu can look at the injuries but not playing Flamini was an arrogant, stubborn, foolish move.

  2. Wenger to leave this summer………………and with Bendtner and Giroud!

  3. I cant quite recall the blog where writer told Arsenal fans and players no to get excited about Wengers millennium game because it could all go very wrong on the day plus we could have a man sent off.

    Its sickening to once again see Arsenal unable to match the big sides. Wenger needed to see that the odds were already stacked neatly against him … 1)Mourino has never lost at home… 2)Wenger has never beaten Mourino.. and 3)Chelsea lost their previous game and needed to RESPOND!!! now that’s a deadly mix you cannot ignore if you are Wenger. Right now at a subconscious level the team knows they have the jitters for Chelsea.. then set up the team tactically rather than try to free flow.. You can despise Mourino but do not underestimate him.

    Its the Margin that sickens me not the result.

    Lets recall that Real Madrid despite their Array of stars went through a period where a match against Barca was always guaranteed to produce a humiliating defeat for Real conceding as many as five goals even in the Mourino era, but a combination of tactical awareness gut busting hard work and raw hatred for Barca and their annoying taka tiki caused Real to finally stem the tide of humiliating defeats and goal fests but at a very high cost… Pep lost his passion for the Spanish game and the stress worsened Vilanova illness forcing him out coaching…

    Wenger seems to have become a humanitarian he loves to win but will not go overboard to get the win.

    Arsenal fans need not despair OUR TEAM IS A GOOD TEAM and the season is not over yet .. Remember Bayern is the best team in the World right now and playing against them with ten men they just barely got 2 goals plus we held them at the Bayern Arena.

    Cheer up folks we will be laughing at the end of the season trust me!

    • Arsenal’s defeat by Chelsea 6-0 is a disaster. It reveals the overall naivity of the team & tactical inability of the coach. Recalling Liverpool’s 5-1 walloping of Arsenal and Man. City’s 6-3 batching labels Arsenal as a very unreliable team.

  4. d truth is always bitter, but life is never static. wenger has lost it, law of diminishin returns has set in, av said it times without numbers dat he lacks tactics of this era, he shld av parked d bus, and who told him to play high line against mou. even yhe great barca of guiardola suffered d high line method again mou. mou like fast direct approach, even smtines u need to sit deep first nd absorb all pressure even for 60mibs b4 u cm out to exert urself. d bottom line is afta 18yrs its time to move on for wenger, there are new ideas with sm young ciacges nw, just as he came in young, its time for a new ciach. th worst thing abt wenger is ge seems to approach every single fame with d same style, no tactical flexibily, bd his shirt passin fame us not working, he is d only ciach in d world who want to play without wingers, poor him immediately afta wslcott injury he shoul av gone for another winger like sallah even b4 chealsea got ssllah, time up wenger. win d FA cup nd take a bow.

  5. d truth is always bitter, but life is never static. wenger has lost it, law of diminishin returns has set in, av said it times without numbers dat he lacks tactics of this era, he shld av parked d bus, and who told him to play high line against mou. even the great barca of guiardola suffered d high line method again mou. mou like fast direct approach, even smtines u need to sit deep first nd absorb all pressure even for 60mins b4 u cm out to exert urself. d bottom line is afta 18yrs its time to move on for wenger, there are new ideas with sm young coaches nw, just as he came in young, its time for a new coach. the worst thing abt wenger is he seems to approach every single game with d same style, no tactical flexibily, bd his short passin game is not working, he is d only coach in d world who want to play without wingers, poor him immediately afta walcott injury he shoul av gone for another winger like sallah even b4 chealsea got ssllah, time up wenger. win d FA cup nd take a bow.

  6. truth is, wenger sucks the good days are so over. he needs 2 know that ts not the 90′s. footbal is very physical n tactical in big games. by the way offside trap??? who does that? even school teams dont use such tactics. same results would continue until he brings big names. i can c myself in 2055 arsenal making a record of 50 trophyless campaign. now that would b a milestone

  7. am so sick of Wenger..17 goals conceded against top oposition this season..Luk even guys who were bought by chelsea in the transfer period got in the act meaning….oh Arsenal this is the 21st century where football requires investment to get silverware…we hav the money bt all wenger does is tu fuck up everythin…go away Wenger and take Giroud with you