Arsenal thrashed Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates on Saturday in a Prmier League fixture, recording their first win over the Blues in a League game since 2011.
Alexis gave Arsenal the lead with a composed finish, before Theo Walcott doubled the advantage moments later. Mesut Ozil capped off truly sensational first-half performance with a fine individual display before the interval by adding a third on the counter to put his side in total control.
Wenger’s side came into this game in fine fettle, having won three on the bounce in the Premier League while also riding high after a 4-0 midweek win against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.
It would have been a tough call for the manager when it came to his starting XI, but he opted to revert to the side that beat Hull City so convincingly seven days earlier.
It meant that Alexis – on a run of four goals in his previous four games – retained his role as central striker, while Olivier Giroud was back on the bench after recovering from a toe injury.
Mohamed Elneny dropped out of the matchday squad, while Granit Xhaka and Lucas – who both scored at Nottingham Forest – had to make do with a place on the bench.
Meanwhile Chelsea who edged Leicester City in extra time in a EFL Cup tie named former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas in midfield, while Diego Costa spearheaded the attack.
Arsenal had waited for close to five years to witness an Arsenal victory over Chelsea. It has been a long time coming, but this was some way to do it.
This was as complete a performance front to back, Arsène Wenger’s side were imperious, dominating every facet of a game played at breakneck speed.
Fluidity was allied with the fight that we have so often been accused of lacking. No backwards steps were taken, no challenge shirked. This was a magnificent display borne as much out of effort as the elegance that bewitched their opponents.
The three points were won in an unforgettable first half in which the Gunners blew away Chelsea with a display of such passion and poise that Antonio Conte’s side just could not live with it.
Alexis started the onslaught when he pounced on a defensive error to open the scoring, before the outstanding Theo Walcott made it two at the end of a slick team move moments later.
Mesut Ozil, creator-in-chief, made it three just before half time after combining brilliantly with Alexis and the dye was cast.
The pace dropped in the second half, but the hosts’ commitment didn’t. Walcott came close to adding the fourth goal both his and the team’s display merited, but his fierce shot was saved.