Chelsea were branded ‘pathetic’ and ’embarrassing’ after conceding three in the first half against Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday night.
The Blues found themselves 3-0 down to their London rivals after just 34 minutes to heighten fears that they could actually get relegated this season.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were in no mood to feel pity for Chelsea and went for the kill with every attack as their opponents jogged after them.
Martin Odegaard struck twice with almost the identical goal as Granit Xhaka, with acres of spaces, delivered the same cross to the Norwegian, who thrashed in both efforts.
Just minutes after the Arsenal captain’s second goal, Gabriel Jesus made it three following some miserable defending as Kepa Arrizabalaga failed to stamp any authority in his box.
And speaking on talkSPORT, where the game is being broadcast LIVE, former Gunners star Perry Groves admitted he was getting angry – despite being an Arsenal fan.
Alongside Sam Matterface, Groves said on commentary for talkSPORT: “This is an embarrassment, this is a complete embarrassment, that was like a five-a-side goal.
“They’re not putting any urgency in… I’m getting angry and it’s not even my team!”
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Matterface added: “Chelsea are being battered at Arsenal… this is a pathetic performance from Chelsea so far.”
If Chelsea go on to lose, this will be the sixth defeat in six games for Frank Lampard since arriving as interim manager.
They had no real attempts on goal to test Aaron Ramsdale except when Ben Chilwell broke forward and forced him into a good save.
But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose last Premier League start was in the corresponding fixture at Stamford Bridge, was largely anonymous after being brought in from the cold.
With the Blues already 12th in the table, they are just nine points above the relegation zone while they will face Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest next.
It could get a lot worse for Chelsea, who have been in miserable form all season despite spending over £600million on new players.
Arsenal, meanwhile, had been desperate to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City that saw the title race swing their way.
The Gunners came into the game on a four-match streak without a win and Mikel Arteta was keen to rectify that in front of a buoyant Emirates crowd.