Chelsea came to "kill" Arsenal, says Jose Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho was delighted with Chelsea's performance in the 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal on Saturday and said his team "came to kill" the Gunners.

Speaking after the match at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho described how his side "destroyed" their title rivals with a game plan to pressurise them high up the pitch and with great intensity early in the game. It was a damaging defeat for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who would have been hoping for a better showing in his 1000th game in charge, and it looks as though it has ended their title hopes.

"We came to kill and in 10 minutes we destroyed (them). Ten amazing minutes, no doubt this game was our game," Mourinho told reporters in post match press conference.

"After that, easy. Penalty, red card, 3-0. Easy. But my analysis of the game is about the 10 minutes.

"The penalty was a penalty and the red card was a red card. It's the kind of mistake that no referee wants to make."

Referee Andre Marriner was the man responsible for the biggest controversy of the match when he sent off Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs for handballing an Eden Hazard shot when nearly on the line. The problems were that the player that handballed it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the shot was heading wide, so should not have been a red card.

It had no bearing on the match in a wider sense as when Hazard put away the spot kick on the 17th minute to make it 3-0 to Chelsea. Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle had scored inside eight minutes on what was an embarrassing afternoon for the Gunners.

Only having ten men made the rest of the match more difficult for them, but Arsenal showed extreme naivety in defence and were torn apart by the rampant Blues at Stamford Bridge. Oscar scored the fourth before half-time and got the fifth the second half after Wojciech Szczesny should have done better with the Brazil international's low bouncing shot.

The victory meant Chelsea maintained there four-point lead at the top of the Premier League, while wins for Liverpool and Manchester City meant it is beginning to look like a three-horse race to take Manchester United's crown. Meanwhile, Arsenal do not have much time to lick their wounds, as they face a trip to an out-of-form Swansea City on Tuesday and will be hoping to react well in Wales.

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