Chelsea 0 - 3 Arsenal

(Bergkamp 80, Platt 53, Wright 22)


Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Vieira (Selley 85), Bould, Platt, Wright (Anelka 85), Bergkamp, Keown, Garde, Hughes (Parlour 77). Subs Not Used: Marshall, Harper.


Grodas, Petrescu, Clarke, Vialli, Burley, Minto (Nicholls 75), Johnsen (Myers 46), Parker (Granville 46), Morris, Zola, Hughes. Subs Not Used: Colgan, Clement.






L R Dilkes (Mossley).

uud Gullit launched a bitter attack after Chelsea's shameful surrender - and surely shoved sorry Gianluca Vialli towards the exit door. Gullit said his team were "embarrasing" and "should be ashamed of themselves". And although he refused to criticise individuals, he pointedly told an Italian journalist: "You're very Vialli-minded. You've seen it for yourself. I hope you will take your own conclusions."

Chelsea laid down meekly and allowed delighted Arsenal to turn on what Gullit acknowledged as "an exhibition game". It is just a shame for the Gunners that their stylish performance, and the majestic display of Bergkamp, has been overshadowed by Gullit's amazing outburst.

Goals from Wright, Platt and Bergkamp pushed Arsenal back into second place. And Gullit admitted: "It was embarassingly one-sided. I didn't see any passion or skill. The players should be ashamed of themselves. If you can't match the opposition for skill, I want to see them battling. But I didn't see any of that.

"At the end they were standing in the center circle, shaking hands and chatting with the Arsenal players. I can't accept that - especially when they have been booed by their own crowd. The only two who did show anything were the young boys, Jody Morris and Danny Granville. The rest let them down".

"I've seen so many things that I didn't like today. This was an opportunity for a lot of things and cleared up a lot in my mind about the future of Chelsea".

After a brief flurry, Chelsea simply gave up. By the finish, it was no more than a lunchtime stroll for Arsenal. Bergkamp cantered around with all the style of a thoroughbred and at the end, he still looked fresh enough to have a crack at getting around Aintree too.

It was Bergkamp's glorious cutting pass which sent Wright scurrying away to open the scoring with his 27th goal of the season, midway through the first half.

That marked the end of the contest. Bergkamp could have made it two before half-time when he latched on to a superb pass from Garde, only to touch his shot into the arms of keeper Grodas.

It didn't matter. Platt scored his first goal since November early in the second half, after Bergkmap sent Wrighty away to deliver a telling cross. Who else would score the third, but Bergkamp himself. Even his celebration, a quick punch of delight, was delivered with style.

Arsenal sent on French youngster Anelka for a debut taste of the Premiership late on. And then substitute Parlour, almost made it four with a whipping shot.

Both of those events were a symbol of how comfortablly Arsenal were controlling the things by the end.

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