Premier League: 5 Things We Learned From Chelsea vs. Arsenal

5 Things We Learned From Chelsea vs. Arsenal

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Chelsea demolished Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge today in a game which effectively ended Arsenal's title hopes. Right from the very start, Chelsea were the better team and looked like they could score at any second. The game was over by half time, as Chelsea were 4-0 up and Arsenal were down to 10 men. It is a big boost for Chelsea and their title push, and a crushing blow for Arsenal and theirs.

5. Cech Still One Of The Best; Szczesny Is Not

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5. Cech Still One Of The Best; Szczesny Is Not

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This display was all about Chelsea and the six goals they scored. But there was a crucial moment inside five minutes when Petr Cech made a great save from an Olivier Giroud shot. If that would have gone in, the momentum of the game would have changed. Cech didn't have much to do, but what he did, he was reliable as always. On the other end, Wojciech Szczesny didn't have a great day and showed some of the flaws he has been accused of in the past.

4. The Doubters Were Right

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4. The Doubters Were Right

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Arsenal, for the majority of the season, have been fantastic, scoring goals, playing beautiful football, and winning games. Even amongst those displays though, people have still doubted them all season. They have doubted that when it came to the crunch and they played the big games in which they have to win, that they would do so. And they haven't. Once again, the doubters were right to doubt Arsenal and their title credentials.

3. Arsenal Still Can't Defend A Counterattack

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3. Arsenal Still Can't Defend A Counterattack

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For years, the better teams in the Premier League have played Arsenal, knowing the way to beat them was to sit deep and hit them on the counterattack. Manchester United in particular have done it at will in recent years. Yet still, they get beat by the very same tactics. Chelsea ran a riot, hitting Arsenal on the counter, and it seems as though Arsene Wenger may never fix that flaw. He hasn't for years, why would he start now?

2. Chelsea's Style Is Better Suited Against Better Teams Who Attack Them

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2. Chelsea's Style Is Better Suited Against Better Teams Who Attack Them

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Under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea likes to sit deep and play a counterattacking style. Against the better teams, who are happy to attack Chelsea and leave gaps for them to exploit, the tactic works perfectly. Against lesser talented teams though, who are happy to sit deep and leave no gaps, Chelsea struggle that little bit more. They struggle to break them down, just like last week against Aston Villa when Chelsea lost at Villa Park.

1. The Arsenal Team Is Still Completely Unbalanced

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1. The Arsenal Team Is Still Completely Unbalanced

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Arsenal still have too many of the same type of player -- too many playmakers who are good on the ball, but not so good off of it. The defense is still suspect against the best teams and they lack leadership throughout the side too. This isn't anything new, Arsenal have lacked these qualities for years and the longer they do, the longer they will continue without winning the Premier League.

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