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Chelsea slouch N’Golo Kante outpaced by 31-year-old referee Michael Oliver for two of Arsenal’s goals in Premier League drubbing

September 26, 2016

Leicester’s former midfield running machine was left for dead twice by the man in black for the Gunners’ first and third goals

N’GOLO Kante was outpaced by REFEREE Michael Oliver for TWO of Arsenal’s goals against beleaguered Chelsea on Saturday.

The all-action £32 million Frenchman was left for dead by the man in black for the opening goal by Gunners ace Alexis Sanchez and for Mesut Ozil’s insult adding third in the damaging defeat.

On 11 minutes, when Gary Cahill lost his marbles in the Chelsea defence and gifted Sanchez the ball, Oliver and the former Leicester man were both in the Gunners’ half with, Kante having a 10-yard head start.

But, by the time the Chilean has dinked the ball over Thibaut Courtois to give his side the lead, Oliver has surged past the trotting superstar and is about 15 yards ahead of him when the ball hits the back of the net.

And with five minutes left of the first half, Oliver did the double over the 25-year-old France international.

When Chelsea’s attacking move broke down at the feet of Cesc Fabregas, Oliver and Kante were level pegging around 35 yards from the Arsenal goal after Ozil had skinned the anchorman with a beautiful piece of skill.

The former La Havre man picked up the pace from a few yards but as the German surged away he downed tools and was overtaken by the 31-year-old official.

By the time Ozil and Sanchez had exchanged quick passes to bamboozle the Chelsea backline and finish off the move, the Premier League’s youngest ever ref – who made his debut at 25 – had eaten up the ground and made it into the busy Chelsea penalty box ahead of Kante.

Chelsea looked to have made a brilliant signing when they swooped for the super-fit Foxes star but he has been a big disappointment so far this season.

The one-time pocket rocket has looked leggy for Antonio Conte’s side and his dogged ball chasing and tackling hasn’t been as handy with the Blues dictating the majority of the play in their early outings.

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