Arsenal gave manager Arsene Wenger a 20th anniversary to remember as Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil scored in a slick 3-0 victory over Chelsea this Saturday 24th of September, 2016
This week marked 20 years since Wenger’s appointment and whereas Chelsea had spoilt his 1 000th game at the Arsenal helm with a 6-0 win in March 2014, this milestone was memorable for the right reasons.
Arsenal exploited lackadaisical Chelsea defending to score three times in the first half as they claimed a first league win over their London rivals since a 5-3 triumph in October 2011.
It was Arsenal’s biggest league win over Chelsea since April 1997 and their most handsome home victory against the west London club in 26 years.
Arsenal climbed to third place in the Premier League table, five points below leaders Manchester City, after registering four successive league wins for the first time in over a year.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, whose side have now gone three league games without a win, slid to eighth, the optimism engendered by their three opening victories now almost a distant memory.
Wenger made 11 changes to the second-string team that had won 4-0 at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup and his big guns fired immediately, Santi Cazorla stinging Thibaut Courtois’s palms.
Arsenal went in front in the 11th minute courtesy of an embarrassing error by Gary Cahill that left him hiding his face in his hands.
Forty yards from goal, the England centre-back allowed himself to be robbed by Sanchez, who surged into the box before clipping a lovely finish over Courtois for his fourth goal in three games.
It was Arsenal’s first league goal against Chelsea in seven games and within three minutes they had another.