Stamford Bridge Bottlers: Chelsea 6 – 0 Arsenal – Report & Player Ratings

Final Score
Chelsea 6 – 0 Arsenal

After a solid defensive display at White Hat Lane, Arsenal needed all three points at Stamford bridge in order to stay in the title race. Let’s just say things didn’t go according to plan.

Let’s get one thing straight before I proceed – the match was an absolute shambles in every sense of the word.

The match was an absolute shambles in every sense of the word.

It took Chelsea just five minutes to score their first goal. Chamberlain lost the ball on the half way line, chased back, but was turned by Eto’o just inside the area. The mature striker then curled the ball beautifully around Sczesney. Not a great start, but it was only about to get worse.

In the fifteenth minute, Chelsea breached Arsenal’s defences again, which resulted in Chamberlain saving a ball with his hand. The shot wasn’t on target, but Alex must have thought he was back on the playground as he pushed the ball away from goal with an outstretched hand.

The referee though, saw nothing. The linesman, kept his flag down. But John Terry and co began their protests, and eventually managed to get Kieran Gibbs sent off for the offence, not Chamberlain.

Due to the fact that none of the officials saw the incident, Gibbs received the red by mistake, despite Chamberlain protesting. It was ridiculous. Chelsea players had quite literally sent off an Arsenal player.

It was ridiculous. Chelsea players had quite literally sent off an Arsenal player.

A penalty was obviously awarded, and Eden Hazard put it right down the middle, making it three-nil.

The Gunners were beyond rattled. Cazorla and Chamberlain in particular were in a daze, the latter losing the ball with almost every other touch or pass.

It was only a matter of time before the fourth goal was scored, and it was done so in the forty-second minute by Oscar. Schurrle crossed low, and Arsenal’s defence was nowhere, allowing the Brazilian to put it into the roof of the net from close range.

As the half time whistle blew, the reality sunk in. There was a whole other half to go.

It took until the sixty-sixth minute for Oscar to add another to his tally. He took a bog-standard shot from outside the box, but it bounced just in front of Szczesney. The Pole misjudged it, and it crept into the far corner.

Thankfully, the rest of the game was played out with only moderate humiliation.

In the seventy-first minute, substitute Mohammed Salah was found after making a great run. He was one-on-one with Szcesney, and he finished with ease.

Thankfully, the rest of the game was played out with only moderate humiliation.

Chelsea dominated, and Arsenal wilted even more. Cazorla showed no creativity, Giroud showed no energy, and the back line was hanging on for dear life.

The final whistle blew time of the six-nil thrashing, and also on Arsenal’s title hopes. An all too familiar top four finish was now looking likely.

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Arsenal Player Ratings

Szczesney: [6.5/10]

Did well in the first few minutes to stop Chelsea scoring after Koscielny’s early mistake, but it was all down hill from there. The goals kept coming, and he really should have done better for Oscar’s second goal. He may now lose his place to Chamberlain.

Sagna: [7/10]

Can’t fault Bacary. Had to play at left-back for the second half, and did a decent job considering.

Mertesacker: [6.5/10] 

Didn’t organise the defence well, wasn’t his usual vocal self, and he was slow to react to a lot of different situations.

Koscielny: [5.5/10] 

Terrible performance. Early mistake almost led to a goal and poorly positioned for the three goals from open play in the first half. Couldn’t have backed off from Schurlle anymore if he tried. One of many bottlers today. Subbed.

Gibbs: [6.5/10]

What can I say. He only had fifteen minutes before being mistaken for Chamberlain and receiving a red card. Officials had a mare.

Arteta: [6.5/10]

Did his best but he was overrun. Matic, Oscar, Hazard and Schurrle were dominating the midfield, and Oxlade Chamberlain was only helping them by gifting them the ball every five minutes. Arteta had no chance really.

The Ox: [4/10] 

What an awful game he had. He misplaced pass after pass, rocketed short-range passes, looked rattled and made a save with his hand. It wasn’t even on bloody target. One of many bottlers today. Subbed.

Cazorla: [6/10]

Overrun by Chelsea’s midfield, out-muscled and out played. Santi is the definition of lightweight, and it showed this afternoon. No creativity on the ball either. One of many bottlers today.

Podolski: [6.5/10]

Subbed off when Gibbs saw Red, only had fifteen minutes on the pitch.

Rosicky: [7/10] – MOTM

Had almost none of the ball, but he tried when he had it. Let off two or three very good long-range efforts to try to get a goal back. Definitely not a bottler.

Giroud: [6/10] 

Should have finished the first chance of the game to put Arsenal a goal up, but don’t fall into the trap of blaming him for the result. Although he didn’t do much to help himself, he had no midfield behind him.

Subs:

Vermaelen: [6.5/10]
Had a mammoth task replacing Koscielny at half time, but the defence was steadied a bit when he came on. He put some effort in at least.

Flamini, Jenkinson [N/A]

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Stamford Bridge Bottlers

There isn’t much to it really. We bottled it. Again.

Chamberlain and Koscielny seemed rattled from the first minute, whilst Cazorla – who we needed to create, was anonymous. We looked weak, scared and unprepared, and so Chelsea picked us off easily.

The “mental strength” of this team was nowhere to be seen today. The Premier League title is now beyond us in my opinion, and the FA Cup must now be prioritized.

For if the FA Cup slips away…Argh. Let’s not think about it.

Next up, Swansea at home.

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