Nightmare returns for Ancelotti and Chelsea

The Italian was left "shocked and surprised" as Chelsea imploded either side of half-time to lose 3-1 against Arsenal - a defeat that left them fourth, six points behind league leaders Manchester United who have a game in hand.

No wins in their last six league matches and a meagre haul of six points from 24 which is more in keeping with a side heading for relegation has left Chelsea facing the very real prospect of beginning the New Year outside the top four.

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