Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil have Arsene Wenger happy but wanting more!
Arsenal demolished Chelsea 3-0 on Saturday after first-half goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil.
Sanchez made the most of Gary Cahill’s error to race clear and calmly lift the ball over Thibaut Courtois after just 11 minutes. Walcott made it two when he completed a brilliant move by converting Hector Bellerin’s pass.
Ozil completed the rout when he got the better of left N’Golo Kante and scored Arsenal’s third five minutes before the break.
Arsene Wenger felt that the display was one of his team’s best performances of recent times.
It was the first time that they had beaten the Blues since 2011 and was their biggest win since April 1997 when Ian Wright, David Platt and Dennis Bergkamp all scored for the Gunners.
Wenger descried the first half as ‘nearly perfect’ and went on to say: “It’s one of those moments in your life as a manager where you think ‘today is a great day’.
“We played with style, with pace, with movement – and that’s the kind of football we want to play.
“It’s one of the best performances in recent years.”
Despite this win and their recent run of form Wenger wants more – four areas where he feels the team has to improve are defensive solidity, movement off the ball, pressing when they are not in possession and their energy.
They are third in the table on goal difference, five points behind leaders Manchester City and a point off bitter rivals Tottenham.
Their next three Premier League matches are away to Burnley then two home games against Swansea and Middlesbrough.
October should be fairly comfortable for Arsenal but in November they have some hard games against Tottenham and Manchester United.
- John Terry to leave Chelsea at the end of the season
- Marcus Rashford is Manchester United’s home-grown talent but he must make the most of his limited chances
- Pep Guardiola needs to overhaul Manchester City’s defence with John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala not living up to their price tag
- Rudy Gestede has joined Middlesbrough