Premier League - 22 March 2014
While the media celebrated Arsene Wenger’s landmark 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal, Chelsea went about spiking his Gunners and delivering the biggest victory for either side in the history of the capital’s oldest top-flight derby. Not even the red card mistakenly shown to the Gunners’ Gibbs – it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who had punched away an Eden Hazard shot – could take the sheen off the Blues’ overwhelming superiority.
With attacking midfield trio Andre Schurrle, Hazard and Oscar in impish mood, Wenger’s men were harassed into a string of errors, the second of which led to Samuel Eto’o’s curled opener inside five minutes.
Almost immediately Nemanja Matic capitalised on a Cazorla mistake for Schurrle to make it 2-0 and the penalty from Chamberlain’s handling was dispatched by Hazard just past the quarter-hour.
Home fans were delirious when Oscar met Fernando Torres’s cross to produce a 4-0 half-time scoreline, and the Brazilian accepted a gift from Rosicky to fire past Szczesny from distance halfway through the second period.
New arrival Mohamed Salah, from Matic’s defence-splitting ball, completed the rout just four minutes after coming on as a sub. It was a day when everything went right for Jose Mourinho’s Blues, who had also flattened the champagne at Wenger’s 500th match in 2005 – a 1-0 Chelsea win.