Chelsea vs Arsenal: The talking points

Chelsea and Arsenal both have ambitions of being top of the pile when it comes to the Premier League finale, but on the evidence of Sunday’s 2-0 victory for José Mourinho’s men, there’s only one team in it.

The Game

Chelsea out fought, out played and outscored their London rivals to show who were undoubtedly closer to picking up the trophy.

All over the pitch Chelsea dominated and played the game perfectly, going one nil up thanks to a Eden Hazard penalty and then sitting back and soaking up pressure without ever really looking threatened.

Then, when the time was right, a long ball from former Gunner Cesc Fàbregas found Spanish hit man Diego Costa to secure the win with a cheeky lob.

Arsenal huffed and puffed but rarely caused a problem to their opposition’s goal, showing again their weakness against the top teams in this country.


The Boss

As if that wasn’t enough, Wenger also made an absolute joke of himself by acting like a 12-year-old kid in the playground, shoving Mourinho on the touchline.

The cool, calm Frenchman we have all come to love disappeared for just a few seconds, but in those same few seconds his credibility disappeared too.

I know what you’re thinking, we all lose our tempers and react in a way that we probably shouldn’t, and Wenger certainly isn’t the first manager to get a little heated on the touchline.

But it just meant Mourinho won two battles on Sunday, on the pitch and off it.


The Passenger

Can anyone answer me this one? Why is Mesut Özil staying on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in a game where he clearly was never going to make any sort of positive impact?

Five yard passes were too difficult for the Germany international, who with his manager watching must now be worried about his place in the world champions’ side.

He looked lightweight, uninterested and uninspiring, and Wenger’s substitution of Alexis Sanchez over Özil left me questioning whether I could continue to watch the match.

I think on the evidence of this game the hunt for the title may already be a two horse race, with Manchester City the only credible challengers to Chelsea’s early dominance.