They followed up that win with another 3-0 drubbing of the Gunners on Thursday night to take them within five wins of the title.
José Mourinho stands to see a personal benchmark from his previous club swept aside in addition to finishing some distance behind his Manchester rivals at his present one, though Vincent Kompany insists no one in the City team is spending any time looking at what might be statistically possible.
"You look at the score and the temptation is to think it was all rubbish, but that is not the case", he said.
Wenger said he "does not deny" that this season is shaping up to be worse than last term, in which his side finished fifth in the Premier League, but insisted he was not anxious and added that he would analyse what went wrong once the campaign had concluded.
The Emirates was nearly half-empty for the game and, although the freezing conditions and snow can be pinpointed as one of the reasons behind a poor attendance, the apparent apathy of supporters towards recent displays is also a factor. While Alvaro Morata is available, he was one of the many culprits in their 2-1 loss to Manchester United.
The victory over the London club on Thursday assured Manchester City they would stay 15 points clear on top of the EPL table. City play very well too.
Can he tame Hazard & co. on Sunday? Defender David Luiz, midfielder Tiemuoe Bakayoko and young star Ethan Ampadu are all going to miss the game with injuries.
Moreover, the looming threat of no Champions League windfall and the huge cost a stadium rebuild on the horizon makes bridging the gap whether for Conte, or his successor, a huge ask.
BC-SOC-Swansea-West Ham, 239Swansea win in EPL continues revival under CarvalhalAP Photo LON855, LON854, LON852Eds: With AP PhotosSwansea climbed out of the English Premier League drop zone after beating West Ham 4-1. Overall, I believe that at the moment it's hard but we also have to take a little bit of perspective.
The win would also set Chelsea up nicely for the return leg against Barcelona.
That's according to wing-back Victor Moses who spoke to the club's official website in the build-up for our match against Manchester City on Sunday.