Chelsea moved closer to clinching the Premier League title after beating Arsenal 3-1 at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday (4/02/17).
According to BBC, Arsene Wenger watching from the stands as he served the third of a four-match touchline ban, was hoping Arsenal could respond to Tuesday’s shock home defeat by Watford – but Chelsea exerted their authority to leave the Gunners 12 points behind the leaders.
An early header from Marcos Alonso, a superb goal from Hazard and a third goal from Cesc Fabregas indicated a clear win for League leaders Chelsea.
Olivier Giroud earned a stoppage-time consolation but a fourth defeat in nine league matches effectively ended Arsenal’s title hopes for yet another campaign.
Their 3-0 loss to the Gunners at the Emirates in September last year, left Chelsea in eighth place and eight points behind then-leaders Manchester City after six games. This proved to be a watershed moment for the Blues and manager Antonio Conte.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte after the convincing win expressed his joy saying that they deserve to stay at the top.
“It was an important game. I consider Arsenal one of the six teams that can fight for the title until the end of the season. To put them 12 points behind is very important for us.
“In four days we have had two games against two great teams. I think we are showing we deserve to stay on top of the table. I am very pleased for my players. In every session they show me great attitude and great will to fight and win this league.
“Was the first goal a foul? In England never. No,” said Conte.
Arsene Wenger on the other hand admitted his team made mistakes and were punished severely.
“It was a foul. If you look at a number of games recently we can feel sorry.
“It was 100% a foul, it was even dangerous play. That doesn’t take anything away from the performance of Chelsea.
“We had a strong start but didn’t take the opportunities and after half-time the second goal was the killer for us,” indicated Wenger.
Arsenal’s Petr Cech has failed to keep a clean sheet in three of his four Premier League games against Chelsea for Arsenal and has conceded in both meetings at Stamford Bridge.