I have no axe to grind but only offer my thoughts on the game as i see it.
Boy oh boy. Arsenal are in a shambles. On Tuesday they were humbled (and that is being diplomatic) by Man United and i really thought that they would try to make amends for their fans against London rivals Chelsea, well for about 15 maybe 20 minutes that was the case.
If any evidence was needed that Theo Walcott is not Thierry Henry then the 3 or 4 shots he screwed wide were proof that the youngster is a wide man and not a striker. Once Chelsea got in their stride their midfield overran the Gunners and it was always going to be a downhill slide from thereon in.
Drogba dived, Fabregas complained and got booked, which made no sense at all. Then from the free-kick Alex scored whilst those around him (including second rate keeper Fabianski) watched. Anelka took advantage of the fact that no one tried to close him down and whilst he shot had some zip the Arsenal number two keeper should have done more to stop the goal. Nice touch from Nicolas as he refused to celebrate against the team that essentially made him who he is today.
Chelsea withstood what little was coming from the home side and the likes of Diaby looked disinterested but one would have hoped that a half time dressing down in the dressing room would have sparked some life into a team looking to try to get back into the hunt for third place, well that wasn’t the case.
A comedy of errors led to Kolo Toure (having a very poor game by his usually high standards) tapping into his own net. Then came a succession of subs made by Arsene that should really have been made at half time. Again he decided that Bendtner should play out wide and for some reason took off a player who would provide the firepower for the strikers when he took off Walcott for the lazy Adebayor.
To Nicklas’s credit he scored a goal that should have got the team dreaming of an unlikely comeback instead they again dropped of the superior midfield. Essien and Mikel were running the show whilst Lampard and Fabregas decided to take the piss out of each other. Malouda finished the game off and the Blues fans were in raptures.
Overall you couldn’t fault Chelsea’s play. They were comfortable across the park and never seemed in trouble but the gloss of their big derby win is taken off by the fact that their opponents never really turned up for the battle and that will be something that worries the Gooners and Mr. Wenger alike.
Man of the Match: Nicolas Anelka