Joe Cole slams Chelsea star for key mistake that lead to Arsenal thrashing | Football

Benoit Badiashile had a poor game as Chelsea lost 5-0 to Arsenal (Photo: Getty)

Benoit Badiashile’s failure to ‘set the tone’ led to Chelsea’s humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal, Joe Cole reckons.

Arsenal sent a strong message to title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool by defeating their London rivals in style at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

Leandro Trossard opened the scoring in the opening five minutes before Ben White and Kai Havertz both bagged braces within a remarkable 18 minute spell in the second-half.

While young full-back Alfie Gilchrist and goalkeeper Dorde Petrovic were initially held responsible for Trossard’s opener, Cole believes Badiashile must share some of the blame.

The Chelsea centre-back nearly gave away a penalty within the first minute after fouling Havertz in the box but was saved by the offside flag, but his failure to deal with the in-form Arsenal attacker had a lasting effect on the match.

‘Do you know what? That first 10 minutes sums up Chelsea’s season,’ former Blues star Cole said on TNT Sports.

‘They played themselves back into the game, made chances. But I think it [the first goal] comes from Havertz.

‘Badiashile has got to go with him and set the tone. You must be thinking all week, “I’m playing Havertz. I’m gonna stop him”.

‘And in the first five minutes he’s let him stroll around midfield. It was so passive.

‘And poor Gilchrist, he’s got his work cut out. He’s got Declan Rice running at him and Trossard on the outside. It just spells out Chelsea’s game in that half.’

Cole’s comments came at half-time but the early Arsenal goal very much set the tone and laid the foundations for the Gunners victory.

The result moves Mikel Arteta’s side three points clear of Liverpool at the top of the table, with the Reds set to play on Wednesday against Merseyside rivals Everton.

They are also four points clear of City who travel to Brighton on Thursday, but Pep Guardiola’s team have two games in hand.

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