Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal were humiliated on the manager’s 1,000th competitive game in charge, watching his team from the sideline get stuffed 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal’s outside title chances were all but put to bed as they fall 7 points behind the Premier League leaders, albeit with 1 game in hand.
The hammering adds to their 6-3 defeat at Manchester City and 5-1 defeat at Liverpool already this season.
Here are Arsenal’s last nine seasons against the top three finishing sides in the Premier League (in some instances, where Arsenal have finished 3rd the team in fourth has been included) and the current top three this season:
2005-06: Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool – 1W 1D 4L
2006-07: Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool – 3W 2D 1L
2007-08: Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool – 1W 3D 2L
2008-09: Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea – W2, 3D 1L
2009-10: Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur – 1W 0D 5L
2010-11: Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City – 3W 2D 1L
2011-12: Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur – 2W 0D 4L
2012-13: Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea – 0W 2D 4L
2013-14: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City – 1W 1D 3L
Overall record: 14W 14D 25L
Arsenal still have to face Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
The record, in particular of recent seasons suggests that Arsène Wenger doesn’t know how to play against the top sides. This was certainly evident today at Stamford Bridge with the selection of only one holding midfielder and his defence being open and vulnerable from the start.