Blues ease to victory against dejected Gunners

Chelsea may have ended Arsenal’s title aspirations with a convincing 3-1 victory in their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

  • Chelsea 3 Arsenal 1
  • Alonso opens scoring
  • Blues hold lead until HT
  • Hazard solo-run doubles lead
  • Substitute Fabregas makes it 3-0
  • Giroud grabs stoppage-time consolation

Match summary

Marcos Alonso's first-half goal got the scoring underway at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea looked comfortable throughout, against a lackluster Arsenal side.

Eden Hazard made it 2-0 after 53 minutes, with one of the goals of the season after an incredible 40-yard solo run.

Former Arsenal captain scored a third after coming off the bench before Olivier Giroud grabbed a stoppage-time consolation header.

Full report

It seems like clock work with Arsenal as they traveled to Stamford Bridge in their bogey month of February, where their slim title hopes diminish season, after season.

From the first whistle the Gunners knocked the ball about with ease but it seemed like there would only be one winner, with the Blues playing with supreme confidence and swagger of title winners.

Antonio Conte's side look unflustered by anything the Gunners through at them and kept things simple, as their 3-4-3 formation outnumbered Arsene Wenger's men all over the pitch.

It took 13 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, when Pedro found space on the right flank to whip in a pin-point cross for Diego Costa.

The Premier League's top scorers fierce header was expertly saved by Petr Cech, but left-wing back Marcos Alonso showed more drive and willingness then any other player in the area, to rise above Hector Bellerin and head home his fourth goal of the Premier League season.

Bellerin was substituted after the challenge as Alonso appeared to have elbowed the Spanish right-back as he challenged for the loose ball.

In the second-half Chelsea kicked up a gear, spraying the ball all over the pitch with relative ease, N'Golo Kante and Nemanja Matic's produced a dominating display in midfield over a below-par Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

However, the headlines will all go to Eden Hazard for one of the goals of the season.

The Belgian forward found gathered the ball on the half-way line before going on a marauding run through the heart of the Arsenal mid-field and defence – leaving Coquelin on the ground before finishing calmly past Cech, despite the presence of two Arsenal defenders.

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Hazard's goal seemed to have killed all hope of a comeback for the London rivals but there were still a couple of goals left in the game as second-half substitute profited from a Cech mistake.

Against his former side, the Spain international had the simple task of knocking the ball into an empty net as the former Blues keeper's pass found him 25-yards out of goal.

Olivier Giroud did find a late consolation in stoppage-time but it wasn't enough to avoid an embarrassing display to end Wenger's troops title challenge, for yet another season.