Marcos Alonso scored the opening goal after 13 minutes before Eden Hazard doubled the lead with a sensational solo effort and Cesc Fabregas added a third late on
1. Chelsea will have the title wrapped up by March
Chelsea finished the game 12 points clear at the top. It was a brilliant, well disciplined and hard four victory.
Chelsea are miles better than the rest, they have dominated the Premier League and Antonio Conte has outclassed his managerial rivals.
Chelsea have been fabulous this season. They will deserve to be champions – and they’ll wrap it up sooner rather than later.
2. You wouldn’t like Eden when he’s angry
Shkodran Mustafi took out Eden Hazard with a brutal foul in the first half. In the past, Hazard might have curled up and disappeared.
This time, rather like the Incredible Hulk, he showed Arsenal that they wouldn’t like him when he was angry.
Hazard was magical. His tricks, flicks and skill lit up the game. They could have used one ball for Hazard and another for the rest.
But Hazard’s goal, a wonderful solo effort, was one of the best – if not the best – you will see all season. Incredible goal, incredible player.
3. Arsenal lost – but competed
It’s one thing to lose and be humiliated. Quite another to compete and lose. It was a terrific first half, real toe-to-toe as Arsenal dug in and could have equalised after going behind early on.
There was heart there. The away fans stuck with the team, even after the second goal and this sort of performance does not warrant a total fan meltdown.
Arsenal showed some pride, a bit of heart and even though the title has gone, and grabbed themselves a consolation goal late on through Olivier Giroud.
4. Granit Xhaka is a Gooner
Fair play. Xhaka went in the away end. He’s suspended but if there is one way for a player to win back the fans then it’s to go in with them. Xhaka even posted pictures of himself in the away end on social media.
You can bet Xhaka would have got a warmer reception than Arsene Wenger who was sat in among executive Chelsea punters while serving his touchline ban.
5. Video technology can’t come soon enough
Marcos Alonso’s opening goal should have been disallowed as he led with his arm, elbowed Hector Bellerin first and then scored.
But on first glance from the press box, it looked fine. Only on the TV replay in the press box at half time could you get a better view.
That’s why we need video technology to help referees.
Courtois – 7
Good save to deny Gabriel. Composed and comfortable, good again.
Moses – 7
Strong and powerful down the right, his end product still lacks quality.
Azpilicueta – 7
Another brilliant performance, dominates in defence. He has been fantastic.
Luiz – 7
With every week he shows what a different and improved player he is.
Cahill – 7
Good performance, won crucial aerial battles. Solid.
Alonso – 7
Scored crucial opening goal, but led with elbow. Bit lucky.
Kante – 8
Magnificent. Fabulous, marauding display and was everywhere.
Matic – 7
Booked. Good performance, got the job done, made it hard for Arsenal.
Pedro – 7
His cross led to opening goal. Another lively, bright and skilful performance.
Hazard – 9
Looked really in the mood after being fired up by Mustafi challenge.
Costa – 8
Worked so hard, caused Arsenal problems and had a ding-dong with Mustafi.
Willian, for Pedro, 83 mins
Fabregas, for Hazard, 83 mins
Zouma, for Moses, 87 mins
Cech – 5
Awful mistake at the end, poor back pass gifted Fabregas a third.
Bellerin – 6
Beaten in the air by Alonso on opening goal and injured in the process.
Mustafi – 5
Booked. Shown yellow for taking out Hazard. Missed big chance. Poor.
Koscielny – 7
Brilliant last ditch tackle on Hazard summed up a committed defensively display.
Monreal – 6
Better going forward than he was defensively. Exposed at times.
Coquelin – 7
Worked so hard, put his foot in, arguably Arsenal’s best player.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6
After a slow start, Oxlade-Chmaberlain grew into the role and looked good.
Walcott – 5
Went to sleep on opener, was poor tracking back and disappointing.
Ozil – 4
Showed very little heart to match his technical quality. Bottled it too often.
Iwobi – 6
Worked hard and was lively, always looking for angles. Must improve defensively.
Sanchez – 6
Started brightly, but faded badly and ended up disappearing in the game.
Gabriel, for Bellerin, 17 mins, 6
Giroud, for Coquelin, 65 mins, 6
Welbeck, for Walcott, 70 mins, 7