Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was extremely pleased with his side’s performance in the 3-0 victory over rivals Chelsea on Saturday in the London derby.
It had been almost five years since Arsenal took a win over Chelsea in the league, but the Gunners and their supporters were given reason to celebrate after goals by Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal came roaring out in the first half, with Sanchez scoring the opening goal in the 11th minute. Walcott made it 2-0 in the 14th minute, and before the half was over, Ozil had made it 3-0. Arsenal kept control in the second half and recorded their fourth straight win in the league. Wenger, who is celebrating 20 years as Arsenal manager, was very happy after the game.
“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,” Wenger 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.”
Arsenal takes on FC Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday before going up against Burnley next Sunday.