Chelsea and Arsenal both hit six
LONDON -- Chelsea and Arsenal crushed their Premier League opponents 6-0 Saturday in ruthless displays of their title credentials.
Chelsea had only led through Florent Malouda's goal at half time, but Anelka quickly netted twice after the break and after Yossi Benayoun completed the rout in stoppage time following Kalou's double.
"We scored six, but we suffered a lot in the first half," Chelsea striker Didier Drogba said. "The fact that we scored quickly at the start of the second half settled us down a lot."
Arsenal responded to its draw at Liverpool by routing newcomer Blackpool, with Theo Walcott scoring his first hat trick for the club as it chases its first title since 2004.
"What was pleasing today with Theo was that he made the right decisions in the final third and was calm in front of goal," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "He could finish but also give final balls. That shows he has improved."
Tottenham, which finally broke into the Premier League's top four last season, relied on Gareth Bale's double to edge Stoke 2-1.
Craig Gardner also scored twice as Birmingham beat Blackburn 2-1, Johan Elmander's pair helped Bolton win 3-1 at West Ham, Peter Odemwingie scored in his West Bromwich Albion debut to clinch a 1-0 victory over Sunderland, and Wolverhampton held Everton 1-1.
At the DW Stadium, Chelsea took its goal tally in its last five league matches to 29 -- stretching back into last season when the west London club put eight past Wigan to win the title.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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