Premier Analysis: Chelsea make light work of Arsenal while De Gea saves Man United
Jose Mourinho has never lost as an opposition coach against Arsene Wenger in any competition, ever, and the record never really looked in doubt on Sunday afternoon as Chelsea made fairly light work of Arsenal to take Mourinho's record to P12 W7 D5 L0 against his old nemesis.
Though Arsenal started quite brightly and would go on to have 54% possession away from home and double the amount of shots at goal than the hosts (though not one on target) Chelsea's vastly superior game management always meant they looked much more in control of the match, with a constant attacking threat in the form of Eden Hazard in particular, who shone with 5/6 completed take-ons on the day and the all-important opening goal.
Hazard made a mockery of Calum Chambers repeatedly during the match as the Arsenal right back struggled, and it was the Belgian's brilliant run in the 27th minute that led to the opening goal. Beating all before him, Hazard was finally upended by Laurent Koscielny in the box - a clear penalty - which he duly got up to slot home coolly.
Much of the focus pre-match was on Cesc Fabregas playing against his old club, and the Spanish international didn't disappoint. He helped assert authority in midfield along with Nemanja Matic, though Jack Wilshere offered an intermittent threat at times.
Cesc outshone Mesut Ozil, who put in another jaded, ineffective performance on the right hand side (though the rest of the attack hardly fared any better, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck also kept quiet).
And the former Barcelona man played an outstanding and ruthless ball over the top to Diego Costa late on to allow Chelsea to wrap up the points.
Wenger has now won 0 of his last 15 Premier League meetings against Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, and with just 2 wins from 7 games so far this season - against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa - the Gunners have plenty to ponder heading into the international break. Already, they sit nine points behind table-toppers Chelsea, who look formidable.
- Diego Costa scored his 9th goal in his 7th Premier League appearance. The only player to score more in their first 7 Premier League appearances is Mick Quinn (10 in 1992).
- 4 of Diego Costa’s 9 goals this season have been assisted by Cesc Fabregas.
- Fabregas now has 7 assists in the Premier League this season for Chelsea; equalling the most that a Chelsea player had in the PL in 2013/14 (Hazard – 7).
- Arsenal have won just 2 of their last 12 league clashes with Chelsea (D2 L8).
- Chelsea have kept 4 clean sheets in their last 6 clashes with Arsenal, conceding just 2 goals in total.
- Since he made his Premier League debut, Laurent Koscielny has given away more penalties than any other player in the competition (7).
- Eden Hazard has scored all 7 of his Premier League penalties. Of players with 100% records, only Dimitar Berbatov (9/9) has scored more.
- Arsenal have lost 3 successive league away games at Stamford Bridge for the first time since August 1970 (5 defeats).
- This is Arsenal's second worst league start to a season under Wenger (10 points from 7 games) - the worst being 2011/12 (7 points from 7 games).
- Arsenal failed to have a shot on target for the first time in a Premier League match since September 2003 (Manchester United away).