On a day to remember it was an afternoon to forget for Arsene Wenger with his side dismantled and castrated at Stamford Bridge.
Much of the pre-game hype revolved around Mr Wenger and his 1000th game in charge, but what will be seared into Gooners minds is a rather smug looking Mourinho.
Discussing the embarrassing 6-0 loss to Chelsea would have been the last thing he felt like doing, but he faced the media after the match and accepted responsibility despite the strong XI that was on the pitch playing like little school girls (even that’s a compliment).
The Frenchman said:
It was a nightmare and I take full responsibility for it. What is important is to give a response on Tuesday night and that is it.
I don’t believe it is the time to talk too much about that [what went wrong]. The players are deeply disappointed as we all are. I think let us prepare for the next game.
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[on the bizarre Gibbs sending off] The referee made a mistake because he missed the identity of the player. He has not seen what happened at all. He gave a corner. Maybe it was a penalty. But it was not Gibbs.
I don’t know I have not seen it. If it is a deliberate handball yes. If it is not a deliberate handball then no.
[on the title race] It leaves it in a very bad situation. But we want to respond. We had two difficult away games at Tottenham and Chelsea. If we had played two draws we’d have two points. Having won one we have three points. But today is a huge disappointment of course. When you don’t turn up in a game if this stature – nobody takes that easy
We have to win the next game. That is what we have to focus on now and give a strong response.
The result was a massive blow to their confidence and title hopes. It’s out of their grasps now especially if they continue to show up to big games in this fashion.
To go from a defensively solid unit against Spurs to this was unthinkable, but the midfield had an absolutely shocking day at the office and continually gave away possession in key areas. Don’t even get me started on Giroud.
Wenger is right to shoulder the responsibility though. He clearly needs to change something for these Saturday lunchtime kick offs against big teams, and Flamini needs to replace Arteta for the higher tempo matches.
But we have to look forward and regroup for the Swansea tie. We’ve responded several times before this season so let’s do it again.
Congratulations Monsieur Wenger on the 1000th game. It was one hell of an afternoon.