Chelsea earned some consolation for May’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal with a 3-0 friendly win over the Gunners in Beijing on Saturday.
A terrific double from Michy Batshuayi followed a goal from Willian to secure the victory for Antonio Conte’s side in their second pre-season outing.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted beforehand that a game against their London rivals “is never a friendly” but his side were punished for some slack defensive work by a ruthless Chelsea.
Willian and Batshuayi scored in quick succession in the first half, and the Belgian striker – undoubtedly with a point to prove following the club-record signing of Alvaro Morata – made it 3-0 with a sublime second-half strike, while Arsenal’s attack too often appeared laboured.
The result and performance will be welcomed by Conte ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday, while Wenger will have plenty to ponder as he prepares his side for the Emirates Cup tournament next weekend.