Well Arsenal (once again) repeated what they are usually prone to do- let the title slip from their grasp with yet another disheartened performance against Chelsea…
Heading into the match, on the back of a shocking home loss to Watford, Arsene Wenger knew that his side could afford nothing more than a win against their rivals…otherwise any remaining title hopes would be GONE.
However, it seemed that Arsenal had forgotten what they came to Stamford Bridge for as an early Marcos Alonso goal established a solid 1-0 lead for Chelsea before half time. Shortly after the interval, Eden Hazard produced a moment of sheer brilliance to put Chelsea in the driving seat with a spectacular solo goal.
There was to be an emotional flair yet to come in this game as former Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas capitalised on Petr Cech’s error to delightfully lob the ball into the back of the net and rub salt further in the Gunners’ wounds. Impact substitute Olivier Giroud came on late to grab a late consolation but that was not enough to cheer up the away fans as they returned home with their side’s title hopes ALL BUT GONE.
This was probably the match that would decide whether Arsenal had ANY glimmer of hope for the title but as things turned out, Arsenal were utterly poor.
From start to finish, Arsenal never looked any worthy of the title with sloppy pieces of play and also lacklustre performances from their stars most notably from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. You could ask yourself the question again and again…Are Chelsea clear favourites to win the league? And the only answer you would hear would be ‘Yes’ because they were just simply brilliant today and often made their opponents look like chickens by the manner how they outclassed them today.
By the performances the players are putting in, it would seem nothing more than a miracle if Chelsea were to let this resounding lead of nine points slip out of their grasp because at the moment Chelsea are undeniably odds-on to take the title home…
Man of the Match
The man of the match… was undoubtedly Eden Hazard, especially after that wonder goal in which he ran circles around the Arsenal defence before beating Cech for his first goal in five premier league games.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Tottenham kept their slim title hopes alive with a narrow victory over Middlesbrough while Everton overcame Bournemouth 6-3 in a nine-goal thriller. Watford followed on their stunning victory at Arsenal in midweek with a 2-1 home win against Burnley. Meanwhile, West Ham came from a goal behind to eventually destroy Southampton 3-1, a game in which Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini scored a cracking goal on his debut. Relegation-threatened Sunderland produced their best performance of the season to demolish Crystal Palace 4-0 at Selhurst Park with striker Jermain Defoe scoring twice against his former boss Sam Allardyce (now at Palace).