Ex-Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins was impressed with his former employers last night, after they breezed past a weak Arsenal outfit that revealed the lack of strength in-depth available at the Emirates.
Both sides fielded a weakened starting 11 in comparison to their Premier League line-ups fielded at the weekend.
However, Chelsea’s ability to successfully rotate went without question as they comfortably glided past their opponents 2-0 and never looked like crumbling under the Gunners’ ineffective pressure.
Wilkins, who left Stamford Bridge in 2010, commented on the Blues' dominant performance after the game, saying: “We've basically seen a Chelsea reserve team come out tonight and wipe the floor with Arsenal.
“Arsenal haven't shown anything whatsoever against this Chelsea team. Chelsea have been so superior to Arsenal tonight that it's almost been slightly embarrassing in the way Chelsea have won this evening,” he told Sky Sports.
Jose Mourinho made 10 changes to the side that overcame Manchester City at the weekend, indicating the host of options available to the Portuguese coach.
The ease in which Chelsea rolled over their London neighbours was particularly impressive and the 57-year-old pundit praised the current batch of players, saying: “This is a squad of fantastic footballers like Michael Essien who hadn't taken part this year and all of a sudden he comes in at the Emirates and he's outstanding.
"They have a wonderful squad of players and whichever team they pick, they win,” Wilkins added.
Juan Mata stole the show at the Emirates, scoring a wonderfully crafted goal and showing class in possession of the ball throughout.
Wilkins was also quick to show his admiration for the talented Spaniard, saying: “He's a fantastic footballer, I've got to say. Jose has a massive problem in who he selects, but this guy is a genius of a footballer. He's a wonderfully gifted young man.”
The 25-year-old has struggled to break into the Chelsea side this season, despite winning the club’s Player of the Year award last season. However, his stunning performance last night will have done him no harm and Wilkins struggles to understand Mourinho’s thinking behind
leaving him out of the side.
“He's a proper bloke, but he's a wonderfully gifted player and I don't know what more Jose was trying to get out of him,” he said.
With Chelsea visiting Newcastle on Saturday in the early kick-off, Mourinho will have a selection headache after his team’s latest performance and Mata’s showcase of sublime talent.
It’s a good time to be a Chelsea fan, that’s for sure.
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