LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Chelsea are leading Arsenal 4-0 at half-time after jumping out to an early advantage in their Barclays Premier League clash in an electric start at Stamford Bridge.
In the midst of that, Arsenal have been reduced to 10-man and Kieran Gibbs sent off, although replays have shown that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should have been given the red card after he handled the ball inside the penalty area.
Replays also showed Oxlade-Chamberlain walking over and trying to tell referee Andre Marriner that he’d shown a red card to the wrong player, but the referee stuck by his decision to send Gibbs off.
Meanwhile, after an opening five minutes of end-to-end encounters, Chelsea took the lead when Samuel Eto’o neatly cut back on his left foot inside the box and then fired past Wojciech Szczesny in that five minute mark.
Two-minutes later it was 2-0, as Chelsea broke away again after Arsenal gave the ball away, which resulted in Andre Schurrle firing past Szczesny in the same bottom left hand corner of the goal as Eto’o did.
Eden Hazard scored the result penalty from the Gibbs’ record in the 17th minute for the 3-0 lead. Fernando Torres setup Oscar for Chelsea’s fourth, when the Spaniard found the Brazilian coming in late to fire into the roof of the net in the 42nd minute.
Jose Mourinho, however, was dealt an early blow with Eto’o being forced to be substituted because of an hamstring injury.
Chelsea v Arsenal
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Matic, Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard, Eto’o
Subs: Lampard, Torres, Mikel, Salah, Ba, Schwarzer, Kalas
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud
Subs: Vermaelen, Flamini, Fabianski, Sanogo, Jenkinson, Kallstrom, Gnabry
Referee: Andre Marriner