The Premier League title race is drawing to a close now with four teams still involved, and the two from London faced each other on Saturday as Arsenal travelled to Chelsea.
Chelsea had already sealed the points inside a quarter of an hour—early goals from Eto'o and Schurrle gave them a commanding lead, before a crazy incident saw Gibbs sent-off and Hazard score the resulting penalty. Oscar then scored another for a 4-0 lead at the break.
Oscar scored again and Mo Salah made it 6-0 before the end for a miserable 1,000th match for Arsene Wenger.
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Quick first-half analysis
Cech: Has made two routine saves and one excellent one—at 0-0. Vital.
Ivanovic: So much space to run into down the right, yet is actually only supporting from deep.
Cahill: Not sure he's had to do anything yet.
Terry: Let Giroud escape once, but solid otherwise.
Azpilicueta: A great outlet down the left. Playing very well again.
Luiz: Rampaging forward often, winning the ball well.
Matic: Playing with his customary grace and reliability.
Schurrle: Perhaps the best on the park so far. Scored and set-up the early goals, fantastic on the transitions.
Oscar: Knitting moves together by dropping into massive gaps Arsenal are leaving.
Hazard: Not as involved as you might expect, yet still a threat.
Eto'o: Played for seven minutes—possibly his best seven of the season. A goal and a great decoy run.
Szczesny: Has made one brilliant save, unable to do anything about the goals.
Mertesacker: Utterly unable to cope.
Koscielny: Sloppy on the ball early on and has only gotten worse.
Gibbs: Sent-off for having the audacity to be on the pitch with Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Arteta: Poor, overrun, unsupported.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Perhaps feeling guilty about his hand-ball, but his ball retention has been even worse. Poor decision making so far.
Rosicky: Sparked briefly into life a few times.
Cazorla: Hasn't had enough of the ball.
Podolski: Subbed early on after the red card.
Giroud: Could have scored early on for 1-0, has barely touched the ball since.
Quick second half analysis
Cech: Made two good saves.
Ivanovic: Not his best game actually, a little loose in possession.
Cahill: Didn't have much to do, defended stoutly at times.
Terry: Untroubled, except when players ran at him.
Azpilicueta: Excellent at both ends. A top performer.
Matic: Assured, strong, controlled. Great signing.
Luiz: Was afforded space to play in and broke forward plenty of times.
Schurrle: Best on the pitch, a constant outlet and had good end product.
Oscar: Used the space very well and pressed Arsenal back off the ball.
Hazard: Didn't have too much impact in the penalty area but was always a threat running at goal.
Torres: Worked hard, ran the channels, couldn't score a goal.
Szczesny: Was soundly beaten each time except the fifth goal, which he should have done far better with.
Sagna: Switched to left-back and had a 'mare after the break.
Koscielny: Subbed at the break, he was so poor.
Mertesacker: Couldn't cope at all with the movement and lack of protection.
Vermaelen: Better centrally than Koscielny, but still couldn't stop the flood of attacks.
Arteta: The stats say he played 90 minutes. The game says he didn't actually 'play' at all.
Oxlade-Chamberlain: Subbed at the break, naive performance.
Rosicky: Arsenal's best by some distance. Ran and tried and worked right up to the final whistle.
Cazorla: Went missing, had no impact.
Giroud: A lot of pointless running. Little support.