Alas, Arsenal finally broke the Chelsea hoodoo with a convincing win at the Emirates. Goals from Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas & Theo Walcott ensured the Gunners took three crucial points and head into the New Year just two points adrift of league leaders Manchester United.
Chelsea, meanwhile, is facing a serious crisis. They have the second worst record in the Premier League in the last 7 matches, and have now lost 5 games midway through the season. Quite contrary to last season, when they lost just a total of 6 matches.
What does this mean for Arsenal? I know tabloids all over will call this the “coming of age” of the Arsenal side, but this is a little premature. Today was a crucial day in the title race, and Wenger’s team is starting to defy its critics and prove that they can perform in crunch matches. Arsenal are probably the only big club who, even after a 3-0 lead, don’t look like they have buried the game, and Chelsea provided a scare through Branislav Ivanovic’s header. This Arsenal side however, held out the remainder of the match, and could have easily added a couple more goals by the end.
All of Arsenal’s big guns found some form. Fabregas got a goal under his belt and assisted one for Walcott, Van Persie was highly influential in the first half, and Theo Walcott scored a brilliant goal with a bottom corner finish, and set up Fabregas for a sitter. Samir Nasri was exquisite as per usual. He has been the stand out player of the Premier League so far and will only get better with time.
Chelsea need to now take a long hard look at themselves. January transfer window is just around the corner and they might need to dish out some cash this time round. As for Arsenal, they need to continue playing the way they are playing, and hopefully, they are serious title contenders come the end of the season.