Michy Batshuayi scored either side of half-time for Chelsea

Two goals in as many minutes from Willian (40) and Batshuayi (42) put Chelsea two up at the break in Beijing before the Belgian striker added his second four minutes into the second period.

Chances were few and far between for Arsenal and it was Chelsea who looked the more likely to score the game’s fourth goal but, ultimately, they had to settle for three – still more than enough for a comfortable win.

Arsenal were struggling to make any real impression on the game but they were given a few moments to regroup after Pedro, so lively in the opening stages, was forced off having been caught by David Ospina as the Arsenal goalkeeper rushed out to punch clear a ball over the top.

Olivier Giroud, on as a half-time substitution despite a little confusion over whether he was named on the official teamsheet, gave Willy Caballero a couple of saves to make in the Chelsea goal but Antonio Conte’s side were largely comfortable and only a few heavy touches denied them further goals on the break.

Arsenal have a full week to recover as they look to bounce back from this defeat. Their next fixture comes against Benfica in the Emirates Cup next Saturday.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are back in action on Wednesday with another heavyweight clash, former boss Carlo Ancelotti and his Bayern Munich side, their opponents.