This was almost the perfect way for Arsenal to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Arsene Wenger taking over as our manager. It was a brilliant perfoirmance from the players in the sort of style that has become trademark of Arsenal in the Wenger era. Three good goals and a clean sheet to boot to stick two fingers up to all the critics in the football media.
The fact that it was over Chelsea and put an end toi the nine game winless run against our London rivals in the Premier League made this vbictory all the sweeter and the boss must have loved it.
He had named an unchanged XI from last weekend’s win over Hull City, so once again Xhaka was on the bench and Olivier Giroud was on there with him after his injury lay-off. We were at it from the very start, pressing Chelsea and giving them no time on the ball.
But it was the attacking side of things that was really purring, Ozil, Cazorla, Walcott, Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez running rings around the visitors. THe opening goal came with a combination of both, Alexis pouncing on and robbing Cahill before chipping Courtois with a great finish.
The second was a fantastic team goal finished at close range by Walcott and as halftime approached Ozil sealed the win and the points with a scuffed finish from an Alexis cross.
The second half saw no more goals althouygh we did have chances but the way we controlled the game and restricted Chelsea to just one shot on target was great and bodes very well for our ability to challenge for the title ythis time.