Written by on April 24, 2024

Written by: Floyd Nkanyane

Arsenal delivered a powerful statement about their Premier League title aspirations by demolishing Chelsea 5-0 at the Ashburton Grove Stadium. This emphatic win propelled Arsenal three points clear at the summit of the league table.

After Leandro Trossard’s early opener, Kai Havertz and Ben White both netted twice in a rampant second-half display from Mikel Arteta’s side. The convincing victory, coming on the heels of a 2-0 win at Wolves, provides Arsenal with a three-point advantage over second-placed Liverpool and a four-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City.

The focus now shifts to Liverpool’s Merseyside derby against Everton, and Manchester City’s game in hand against Brighton, as the title race intensifies.

For Chelsea, the humiliating defeat, their heaviest in a London derby since 1986, compounds a bitterly disappointing season and jeopardizes their hopes of securing a European spot.

Before Arsenal’s devastating second-half exhibition, the first half was an evenly contested affair, despite Trossard’s early strike. Chelsea grew in confidence and had opportunities to equalize, even hitting the post at one point.

However, Arsenal took complete control after the break, with Havertz and White’s doubles boosting their already superior goal difference. The hosts continued to create chances, amassing 27 shots as Chelsea wilted under the relentless onslaught.

The result marked Arsenal’s biggest ever win against Chelsea in all competitions and their most comprehensive victories against London rivals in a single Premier League campaign continues. It also equaled their joint-most wins after 34 games in a top-flight season, a feat they have achieved twice before under Mikel Arteta and once under Arsene Wenger.

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