Arsene Wenger has nothing but words of praise for Arsenal’s first half display against Chelsea, as they won 3-0.
The gunners were rampant in the first half and capitalized on defensive errors to score three goals in the first half.
Arsenal had not beaten Chelsea in the domestic league since 2011, prior to the showdown at the Emirates.
“In the first half, we wanted to play this high pace, put them under pressure, and play at the very high collective connection with the speed of passing,” said Wenger, who was taking charge of his first match after celebrating 20 years at the club.
“It’s one of those moments as a manager when you think: ‘Today is a great day.’ In the first half it was nearly perfect. Overall, in the first half, we showed great quality. We played with style, with pace, with movement. That’s the kind of football we want to play.”
Asked whether the performance was one of Arsenal’s best in recent years, Wenger added: “Coming out straight after the game, I’d be tempted to say yes. It’s one of the games where what we want to do worked very well. So yes, one of our best performances of recent years.
“I felt that in the last three weeks, our team was on the way up. Today was a good test to see if that was real, if we could continue to move upwards. Would Chelsea stop our progression? Overall, with the quality of our performance, it confirmed we are on the way up.
“You cannot fault any performance from the goalkeeper to the centre-forward. There’s still room for improvement, but that shows we can defend together the style of football we want to play.”
The win was even more significant because of Arsenal’s recent results against Chelsea.