Arsene Wenger was about to take charge of game no.1000 as Gunners boss, with a trip to London rivals Chelsea against his old managerial foe Jose Mourinho – the stars simply aligned for Wenger to cap off the milestone in style. But not even wise old Wenger could have imagined the nightmare that was about to unfold.
The Saturday afternoon clash was a complete disaster from start to finish for the Gunners, and one that confirmed the changing of the guard in London. Chelsea had already been a dominant force in English football in the decade before, but this was the moment when the capital really did turn Blue.
A 6-0 drubbing at Stamford Bridge – described as a ‘nightmare’ by Wenger after the game – began with Samuel Eto’o scoring after just five minutes. Two minutes later the hosts had two, with Andre Schurrle getting in on the act. By the 15th minute, Wenger’s special day was already a distant memory.
In one of the strangest moments in Premier League history which perhaps encapsulated the club’s disarray in a nutshell, Arsenal were reduced to ten men when referee Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had handled a shot from Eden Hazard.
The Belgian buried the resulting spot-kick, and then two goals from Oscar sealed it, while even Mohamed Salah scored in a rare appearance for the Blues. This was the Liverpool striker’s first Premier League goal.
Here is a highlight of all the goals: