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Published: Wed, September 28, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Arsenal midfielder Coquelin sidelined for 3 weeks


The Chelsea center back conceded possession in the 11th minute around the halfway line to Sanchez, who was able to run through on goal unchallenged before chipping goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Chelsea played nearly the entire 2nd half with this new formation and did not concede a goal.

Wenger's 500th and 1000th games in charge of Arsenal both ended in losses to Chelsea but his fortunes finally changed on the 20th anniversary of his appointment.

The Gunners' 2015/16 season was wrecked by a plethora of injuries to key midfielders including Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, leaving Mathieu Flamini to become a regular starter as Arsene Wenger's side finished second in the Premier League behind Leicester City.

Branislav Ivanovic feels Chelsea let manager Antonio Conte down with their first-half performance in Saturday's 3-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal. "We played with spirit and collective pace and movement".

Sanchez's 11th-minute goal, after a mistake by Gary Cahill, was the first league goal Arsenal had scored against Chelsea since January 2013.

Leaders Manchester City beat Swansea 3-1 to make it a flawless 10 victories under Pep Guardiola, including six in the Premier League, while Liverpool crushed Hull City 5-1, giving them 24 goals in the past eight games. They managed to put some real space between themselves and the Blues, who now find themselves eighth in the Premier League with six fixtures played.

Sadly for Chelsea it was to little to late and Arsenal comfortably held on to their 3-0 lead to take all three points.

"When we played Man United at home past year it was fantastic, but I think it's been quietly coming actually, to be honest with you". We needed to change the recent history, and we did it with style and steel.

"We've been quietly doing our business and like I said, everyone is just working for each other now".

It's one of those moments in your life as a manager where you think "today is a great day".

The manner in which the Gunners raced to a three-goal advantage was reminiscent of a similar showing against Manchester United last season when Wenger's men bagged three goals in the opening 20 minutes.

"We didn't have the right attitude from the first minute", said the Italian manager. Today was a good test for us to see if that's real, if we could continue to move upwards.

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