Arsenal faced a tough challenge to stop league leader Chelsea at their home to keep title challengers hope alive, but they failed miserably. North Londoners were expected to cut Chelsea leads at top as their North London rival Tottenham Hotspur did a month ago. But, things didn’t go right for the Gunners, and they lose 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. It was a disastrous performance from the Arsene Wenger side, as the manager himself forced to watch the match from royal box and not from the sidelines. Goals from Marcos Alonso, Eden Hazard, and Cesc Fabregas seals the deal for the Blues, whereas Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud finds the consolation goal for the visitors.
No doubt, Chelsea were a better team and they deserved their victory over North London rivals. However, Marcos Alonso opening goal for Chelsea within 13 minutes was controversial, but it is a well deserved victory. Chelsea second was a class act from the Belgian winger Eden Hazard, who made a solo run from his own half before slotting past Peter Cech, and former Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas did the honor of adding more pressure in 85th minute finding the third for Chelsea.
There is no surprise from the Blues, they have done this again and again this season. They may not be the best Chelsea team on papers, but they have proved a team collectively can do better than a bunch of superior individuals. The credit must go to their super Italian manager Antonio Conte who shaped his team and brought winning mentality into a struggling team. His antics during goal celebrations from the sidelines add another dimension into the game, and his today’s Hazard goal celebration was one of them. He celebrated it like he has won the Premier League and there is no denying Blues are going to reign this season.
‘Antonio, Antonio.’ ? pic.twitter.com/Yxc5GxSr0R
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 4, 2017
Theoretically league is still open, but a 12 points lead at top with only 14 games left have already handed the trophy to the Chelsea. They are not expected to lose those many points, especially when they are not left to play top three teams out of six. Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham fixtures are all done for the leaders Chelsea. They will only be playing Manchester City and Manchester United from the top six in their upcoming fixtures, which clearly seals the Premier League in February itself.
Arsenal didn’t maintain their composure during this difficult period, and they failed to live up to the expectation of stopping Chelsea. All other title contenders were having a close eye on Chelsea vs Arsenal fixture, and they expected to lose Chelsea, but once again Blues solidify their position at top going 12 points clear at top.