Chelsea were embarrassed at the Emirates as Arsenal dominated from start to finish to hand Frank Lampard another loss.
A Martin Odegaard brace was added to by a first half Gabriel Jesus strike to see Chelsea fall to defeat in north London despite a Noni Madueke consolation.
The defeat sees Lampard’s side lose their sixth consecutive match in all competitions since his return to the dugout.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners returned to the top of the table, and increase the pressure on Manchester City despite Pep Guardiola’s men having two games in hand.
The Blues were behind just 18 minutes in as Granit Xhaka picked out Odegaard, with the Norway international firing the Gunners ahead.
Xhaka and Odegaard combined again for the second, with Arsenal’s captain adding his second on the 31st minute.
Jesus made it three before half-time, scoring in the 34th minute, as Arsenal fans teased their rivals with chants of ‘You’re going down’ and ‘Super Frankie Lampard’.
Thiago Silva’s moment of brilliance in the second half saw Chelsea keep the scoreline at 3-0 as the Brazilian cleared Gabriel’s header off the line, taking a touch before clearing the ball.
Kepa Arrizabalaga stopped things going from bad to worse, denying Xhaka from close range.
Bukayo Saka was the next to be denied as Arsenal heaped the pressure on Lampard’s side, with the Emirates erupting into chants of ‘Ole’ as the Blues looked helpless.
Madueke pulled a goal back for the Blues on the 65th minute, getting onto a Mateo Kovacic pass before finishing with his left foot past Aaron Ramsdale.
The defeat sees Chelsea remain 12th in the Premier League table as the Blues face Bournemouth at the weekend, knowing that defeat on the south coast will see them fall below the Cherries.
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