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Mourinho, Chelsea spoil Wenger's landmark

Mourinho urges Chelsea to continue during a 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal.
Mourinho urges Chelsea to continue during a 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal.
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Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match was over just about before it began as Chelsea thoroughly dismantled Arsenal 6-0.

The first 10 minutes saw end-to-end play with wide open, direct football that was ultimately Arsenal’s undoing. Samuel Eto’o opened the scoring in the fifth minute with Andre Schurrle doubling the advantage in the seventh coming inside from the right.

A bizarre moment followed in the 15th minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared to hand the ball inside the penalty box. The penalty was awarded, but it was not the England forward that was sent off. Instead, it was Kieran Gibbs who was given an early bath my the referee by mistake.

Eden Hazard did not care. The Belgian slotted home from the penalty spot giving the Blues a three-goal advantage and an extra man on the pitch.

Arsene Wenger’s party continued to be trashed by the inhospitable hosts. Brazilian attacking midfielder Oscar scored in the 42nd minute giving Mourinho a 4-0 lead at the break.

It was Oscar again in the 66th minute giving his goal drought a emphatic death. His replacement, Mohamed Salah, completed the scoring in the 71st minute moving the scoreline to 6-0 where it would ultimately finish.

“I think we started in an incredible way,” Mourinho said. “2-0 in the first seven minutes and the game is over.

“We tried to make Arsenal feel not comfortable in the way they play.”

Arsenal’s title challenge may have taken a crushing blow at Stamford Bridge. The Blues moved to seven points clear at the top of the table, though Liverpool in second place have two games in hand.

The emotional damage and the lack of confidence displayed by the Gunners against the top sides will not have been bolstered.

Mourinho and Chelsea can sit back and watch the other title challengers Liverpool and Manchester City in action later in the day.

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