Twitter was all praise for a ruthless Chelsea side who effected a demoralizing defeat on an Arsenal side, who looked toothless and lacked the fight to beat the league leaders.
The memories of a horrific September evening at the Emirates were wiped out as Chelsea thumped Arsenal 3-1 at the Bridge to add further fuel to their title pursuit, as though it needed any.
There however was a measure of ambiguity pertaining to the legitimacy of the first goal after Hector Bellerin was fouled in the process. Alonso seemed to ‘elbow’ the defender while heading the ball into the net and the decision to award the goal while ignoring the foul in the process invited the ire of the Arsenal fans.
Seen another angle on TV at half time and it’s a clear foul by Alonso. Thought it was ok at first glance…
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) February 4, 2017
If Xhaka did what Alonso did he would get a 12 game ban and 60 hours community service.
— Renato (@th14Renato) February 4, 2017
Can’t believe this coverage on Sky. Angle from behind goal shows Alonso clatter Bellerin with his elbow first. They say ‘good goal’?! WTF.
— arseblog (@arseblog) February 4, 2017
Conte heading the ball twice with Diego Costa and Alonso😂 pic.twitter.com/W4Sq4iM3PF
— hash (@hashim0307) February 4, 2017
Marcos Alonso with a super man punch before heading in against Bellerin. The standard of officiating is horrendous. pic.twitter.com/I0ZkGnGnec
— VivaFootballCalcio (@Vivafootcalcio) February 4, 2017
A friendly reminder that Marcos Alonso has now scored 3 goals in 4 Premier League matches 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/NXEbAERNEa
— Cobham Blues (@cobhamblues) February 4, 2017
What’s especially irritating about Arsenal here is, if they do feel aggrieved by the Alonso goal, that should anger them into a response…
— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) February 4, 2017
That Alonso elbow not only won Chelsea a goal but stole a sub from Arsenal. When you get the breaks, you get the *breaks*.
— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) February 4, 2017
Arsenal twitter discussing if that was a could or not by Alonso.
Lol as if we’d have won if that goal wasn’t awarded. . .
— Shubhanshu Chawla (@chawla7687) February 4, 2017
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 4, 2017
Arsenal were on the look-out for an equalizer when Eden Hazard produced easily the moment of the game, and arguably the year so far with solo run from the half-way line before slotting the ball past Petr Cech in goal. Twitter was left lauding the Belgian as Chelsea opened up a 12-point lead at the top with the goal.
Coquelin’s career just ended.
— Soccer St. (@SoccerSt_) February 4, 2017
Hazard is the best player in the league. One of the outstanding dribblers in recent times.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) February 4, 2017
— Sportdec (@SportdecApp) February 4, 2017
HAZARD BY NAME HAZARD BY NATURE
— Eden Hazard (@Rafay_Mohammad) February 4, 2017
Eden Hazard playing with the Arsenal defence. Signed, sealed and delivered.pic.twitter.com/9rHMZHTdDI
— ChelseaFC (@CheIseaUK) February 4, 2017
There is no one other than Messi who can even compare to the sheer brilliance of Eden Hazard when he glides past players. Phenomenal! #CFC
— George Benson (@MrGeorgeBenson) February 4, 2017
Waze: Hazard reported ahead
Arsenal fans: pic.twitter.com/HB8hm4m2ms
— Faizal Rosly (@ijaicool) February 4, 2017
Just woke up and the first thing I see is Hazard’s goal. What was that??
— Zweniel🍟 (@ZwebackHD) February 4, 2017
Coquelin trying to tackle Hazard… 😅 https://t.co/EInQfcS9lB
— Premier League (@EPLBible) February 4, 2017
Coquelin needs to spend the next 3 months in the gym after getting bodied by Hazard
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) February 4, 2017
Eden Hazard is a pure magician, what a way to attempt to go 12 points clear at the top! Come on blues!
— KieranDD (@KierannDD) February 4, 2017
Cesc Fabregas of all people capitalizing off a horrible Petr Cech pass to chip the ball into the Arsenal net.
An Ex-Chelsea man gifting the ball to an ex-Arsenal man to score and hand the West Londoners a crucial win as far as the title race is concerned. Ain’t football beautiful?
Petr Cech forgot he doesn’t play for Chelsea any longer and Fabregas is not his teammate pic.twitter.com/g5YgB7q0sc
— LFCMostar (@LFCMostar) February 4, 2017
1- Top of the League 💪
2- Hazard scored a stunning goal😍
3- London is blue 🔵
4- Arsenal 😎
5- Fabregas scored ❤
6- Manchester United 🤤#CFC
— The Blues (@LondonIsBlue12) February 4, 2017
Fabregas left Arsenal to win 4 titles with Barca, fathered a yout then came back to the Premier League to now get his 2nd PL 🥇 with Chels
— ِRíck Grimes (@joeseus) February 4, 2017
— Michael Ballack (@Ballack) February 4, 2017
FT – #Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal | Easy peasy, at least three points guaranteed against them every year. Alonso, Hazard & FABREGAS with the goals.
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) February 4, 2017
FT: Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal. Alonso, Hazard solo goal & Fabregas. Giroud. This is the very best side in England, and it is now 12 points clear.
— Dan Levene (@danlevene) February 4, 2017
Cesc Fabregas lobbing Petr Cech to make it 3-0 is a sentence Arsenal fans would’ve loved to hear 6 years ago
— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) February 4, 2017
NOT CONTENT WITH JUST ENDING THEIR SEASON, FÀBREGAS EVEN TOOK THE 3-0 TROPHY OFF THEM
— #CarefreeDaily 🌐 (@CarefreeDaily) February 4, 2017
A final shuddering, humiliating nail in the coffin from Cheques Fabregas. #cfcvafc
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 4, 2017
Fabregas didn’t celebrate, Cech didn’t celebrate either. #Respect
— WeAreChelseaFC (@WeAreChelseaFC) February 4, 2017