Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were the stars of the show for Chelsea in their 2-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, bagging a goal apiece on their route to success.
The win moves Chelsea five points clear at the top of the division, but what was more impressive was the quality with which it was achieved. Twitter was set alight by the two goals, both of which came as a consequence of individual brilliance.
First, prior to half-time, Hazard won himself a penalty with a terrific run into the box past a couple of defenders, as noted by Chelsea's Twitter feed:
That was all Hazard. The Belgian magically weaved his way past a couple of Arsenal men at full speed before the trip by Koscielny. #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) October 5, 2014
It didn't take long before folks were marvelling over replays of the Belgian's magical footwork, waltzing into the area before being taken down, via Football Tweets:
What a run by Hazard 👏👏https://t.co/Wr6k0NIGxQ— Football Tweets (@FutballTweets) October 5, 2014
Among those enthralled by Hazard's play was former England striker turned Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who praised the ability of the Chelsea star to influence matches:
Hazard is a delightful footballer. Breathtakingly incisive.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 5, 2014
Lineker was far from alone in being enamoured by the run, with The Times' Oliver Kay also taking to social media to voice his love for the trickery that set up the goal. However, he also pointed out a poor tackle from Chelsea's Gary Cahill that could perhaps have led to a red card earlier in the game:
Hazard's dribble looks better every time you see it. And Cahill's challenge on Alexis looks worse every time you see it. 1-0 Chelsea 38 mins— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) October 5, 2014
Arsenal fans were left to simply admire their opponent's ability, with Hazard separating two sides that had been fairly even up to the point of the goal being scored.
Many echoed the sentiments of this blogger who believed that it was only the Belgian's magic that separated the two sides at half-time:
Overall I actually think we've played well. Hazard goal was basically a moment of solo brilliance (helped by our incompetence admittedly)— YankeeGunner (@YankeeGunner) October 5, 2014
Chelsea, though, put that argument to bed in the second half by adding a second goal that once more exposed defender Laurent Koscielny. Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas lobbed a pinpoint pass over the top of the defence and Costa finished with aplomb, as shown courtesy of Bleacher Report UK:
Chelsea's Twitter account once more highlighted the goal, praising their Spanish combination that has been so effective early this campaign:
Cool as you like from Diego Costa, who takes Fabregas's pass in his stride and chips over the onrushing keeper. #CFCLive— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) October 5, 2014
Opta's statistics show exactly what Costa is doing so well this campaign, with the striker finishing opportunities with precision that places him among the very best in world football:
16 - Of Diego Costa's 19 shots this season, 16 of them have been on target (with nine resulting in goals). Professional.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 5, 2014
Sometimes goals are so perfect in their execution that they are not even worth a literal description. Instead, as former U.S. national team star Alexi Lalas demonstrates, a more figurative approach can be the answer:
Diego Costa. Beatiful dancer. #CHEvARS— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) October 5, 2014
Given his reputation and excellent form, Costa has become a real favourite of the Fantasy Football community. Thus, it was no surprise to find that a real feature of the reaction to his goal. Here, BBC journalist Oluwashina Okeleji says what many were thinking:
Diego Costa, thanks for the #FPL POINTS.......— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) October 5, 2014
Chelsea's brilliant start to the campaign has been founded on the success of the likes of Costa and Hazard, with this weekend's fixture with Arsenal another major test overcome with relative comfort.
The Blues can be a relatively workmanlike side at times, but have individuals of such quality within their ranks that they can unlock any side at any given moment if handed space on the ball.
Sometimes, as Costa's sublime goal shows, they are able to do so even when there appears no opening at all. Five points clear, Jose Mourinho's boys are looking ominously good at the top of the table.