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5 things we learned from Chelsea's win over Arsenal

Chelsea stretched their advantage over Arsenal to 12 points as the Blues dominated Saturday's London derby to record a 3-1 win over the Gunners.

Here Press Association Sport looks at five things we can take from the match which all but rules the Gunners out of the title race.

1 CONTE STILL DEMANDING MORE

Chelsea may be continuing to build a lead at the Premier League summit but that is not enough to completely satisfy their fiery Italian boss.

Conte is renowned for his excited touchline demeanour and even here, on an afternoon where they dominated their London rivals for large swathes of the match, he barked and bellowed from the touchline as counterpart Arsene Wenger watched from the stands.

Even his own coaching staff were not spared his rage when he deemed Arsenal had got too close to the Chelsea goal - and he enjoyed Eden Hazard's solo strike so much he celebrated with a group-hug with the fans.

2 MAGICAL OZIL MASTERS THE DISAPPEARING ACT

Arsenal's club-record signing Mesut Ozil has been criticised for the way he can sometimes appear invisible during some Arsenal games.

There is no denying he is a superbly talented player who can do things no-one else in an Arsenal shirt can, but he is often lacking when a game is crying out to be taken by the scruff of the neck.

The former Real Madrid man could not inspire the Gunners to come back against Watford on Tuesday night and again at Stamford Bridge he was too often on the periphery for a man expected to be the talisman for Wenger's side.

3 WENGER WATCHES FROM AFAR AS THE TITLE REMAINS A DISTANT DREAM

Serving the third of a four-match touchline ban, Arsene Wenger was not able to lock horns with Conte in the technical area and was instead left watching the game from the East Stand at Stamford Bridge.

Eager television cameras picked him out early on and he cut a sullen figure as he watched his side's title ambitions wilt for yet another year.

Without a league title since 2004 and his contract up in the summer, surely the 12-point chasm between Arsenal and Chelsea means the long-serving Frenchman will have to sign an extension if he is to have the chance of winning another Premier League crown before departing the Emirates Stadium.

4 CHELSEA TITLE MARCH SHOWS NO SIGNS OF STOPPING

Liverpool may have wrestled a point from Antonio Conte's side in midweek but they are still the overwhelming favourites to claim the Premier League title - and displays like this show just why.

To a man, the Blues bossed their opponents for most of the contest as the usual suspects once again shone.

Eden Hazard scored a wonder goal in a man-of-the-match display while N'Golo Kante, Diego Costa and Pedro were at their best - and it looks increasingly more likely that they will all be toasting title success in May.

5 ALL JUST A BIT OF HISTORY REPEATING

Dame Shirley Bassey's lyrics rang true for the Gunners and their fans as their recent poor form across London at Stamford Bridge continued.

Since their last win at Chelsea back in 2011, Arsenal have suffered five successive defeats and conceded 15 goals in the process, with Olivier Giroud's late consolation on Saturday just their second goal in that time.

Arsenal's 3-0 home win over Chelsea earlier in the season now seems a distant memory as the Blues push towards another title and Wenger's men risk dropping out of the top four altogether.

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