London: Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta issued a public apology on Monday for the Gunners' "unacceptable" and "embarrassing" 6-0 thrashing by Premier League leaders Chelsea last weekend. Saturday's crushing London derby loss at Stamford Bridge was a humiliating way for Arsenal to mark Arsene Wenger's 1,000th match as their manager and left them in fourth place, seven points adrift of Chelsea, albeit with a game in hand on the table-toppers.
Defeat at Stamford Bridge was Arsenal's third huge away loss to one of their title rivals this season after a 5-1 reverse at Liverpool and a 6-3 humbling at Manchester City.
Arsenal were overwhelmed by Chelsea's pace and power, falling 3-0 behind inside 17 minutes and playing most of the match a man down after Kieran Gibbs was mistakenly sent off in place of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Arsenal and Spanish midfielder Arteta said the Gunners were "just not good enough" but promised an improved performance at home to top-flight strugglers Swansea on Tuesday.