Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side’s 3-0 thumping of Chelsea was a major statement of intent and that the Gunners were almost perfect in a spectacular first-half showing.
The London rivals came into the Saturday evening clash at Stamford Bridge both hoping to record three points and strike a blow to the others’ chances of building momentum.
However, Arsenal came out of the blocks determined to prove a point and three first-half goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil ended the game as a contest.
The victory makes it four consecutive Premier League wins for the North London side and there are growing suggestions that Wenger’s side could well be in the title running come May.
The French manager gave his verdict on the commanding victory and admitted that it was great to see his players execute his plan and display their free-flowing attacking style of football.
I feel, especially in the first half, we wanted to play with high pace, put them under pressure, play at a very high collective connection and speed of passing – it worked quite well,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s one of those moments in your life as a manager where you think ‘today is a great day’. In the first half, I think it was nearly perfect.
“In the second half it was a bit in-and-out but in the first half, we have shown great quality. We played with style, with pace, with movement – and that’s the kind of football we want to play.”