Eden Hazard magical solo goal compounds Arsenal misery as Chelsea in command

But we play for Arsenal Football Club - if we don't go until the end, we don't deserve to be here.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger watched the game from the stands at Stamford Bridge as he served his third of a four-game touchline ban for pushing a fourth official.

We had the right attitude but our experienced players were not at their best.

Wenger deserves credit for maintaining a certain standard over a period spanning more than two decades, but without many trophies to show for it in the last 10 years and more, some fans have called for his sacking.

Chelsea have now opened up a nine-point lead over second placed team Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal's faint title hopes rest squarely on the outcome of their Saturday lunchtime clash with Chelsea.

Perhaps the problems are psychological, perhaps they are physical, but the heady promise of September's 3-0 home win over Chelsea has dissipated and the return match with Chelsea is likely to be a different affair.

"It takes a fearless manager to break up what is the orthodox formation, and in the Premier League 4-2-3-1 is what everyone has been playing for a long time". The tenacious midfielder recently signed a new contract with the Gunners but the decision to award him with one is questionable. While those losses are certainly significant blows, they aren't as significant as losses to teams that you shouldn't lose to.

Coq just can't block.

Francis Coquelin was guilty of following the ball, thus leaving a huge amount of space for Chelsea's withdrawn forwards of Eden Hazard and Pedro to exploit. "For me or for the other team-mates, that's what I try and do". It all feels very reminiscent of two seasons ago, when Jose Mourinho's Chelsea cruised to the title facing no real challenge.


If Arsenal's players were told to live up to the badge, what would that mean?

Arsenal struggled to find a goalkeeper to replace Jens Lehmann once the German departed.

Petr Cech was supposed to be the solution to that problem but he has not looked like one this season. 'With the head, with experience, you improve, ' he said.

Arsenal fans wish they had a Jack up their sleeves on Saturday.

Rather than having the guile of the absent Santi Cazorla this time at the heart of midfield, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain deputised in that position, having rarely been fielded there during an Arsenal career predominantly located on the flanks.

Hasselbaink, 44, who left his post as Queens Park Rangers manager in November, said Conte's straightforward approach on the training ground left his players in no doubt about their duties on the field.

The Wales global suffered the blow during the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Watford on Tuesday night.

James Morrison's third goal in five Premier League games earned the Baggies a deserved victory to leave it eighth in the standings and eyeing a push for a Europa League place.

Arsenal's record against the top teams in England is simply not good enough and that weakness continued last night.

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