Chelsea striker Diego Costa has confirmed he will be fit to start against Arsenal in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. The Spain striker has been suffering some recurring injuries of late, and he was a doubt to play against Sporting Lisbon in the midweek fixture.
Though he was eventually cleared to play, Blues boss Jose Mourinho suggested he was taking a gamble by playing Costa as it may mean he would not be fit for the match against the Gunners. Yet Costa has denied those fears and insisted he will be ready to play against Arsenal on a day when Chelsea could move nine points clear of their London rivals just seven games into this season.
Of course I will play against Arsenal. I am certain.I played 90 minutes [in Lisbon] and now I can have a rest. I do not see a problem.
There are a few niggles that are annoying me, but I am working to treat them during the week with the physios and the medical staff. Every day I feel closer.
Yes, there are days when I do not train so I can prevent problems, but there are other days when I can train. It is a matter of communication between me and the medical staff to find the best way possible to move forward and get over the problem.
Ideally you would be training every day but there have been many times when I have not, more as a precaution than anything, but things are improving.
Normally I try to forget it during the games so it does not inhibit my performance. It does not enter my head. You are just thinking about playing in the best way, not worrying about what might happen.
To play 90 minutes suggests I am okay. Every time I play I feel better. The manager asks me regularly how I am to make sure I am in the best possible shape. I will keep working to return to complete fitness.
They [Arsenal] are a great team. Everyone knows their strengths and how important they are, but hopefully with our strengths we can do something positive.
Chelsea have been in ominous form this season and currently occupy the top spot in the Premier League with a three point cushion over their nearest rivals. Arsenal, while also unbeaten, have drawn four of their opening six games and really need to get a win against Chelsea to prevent their local rivals from opening up too wide a gap.
Costa is one of the main reasons for the London club’s success. He has netted eight times already in six appearances and, along with former Gunner Cesc Fabregas, will be the major threat on Sunday. If Arsenal manage to keep him quiet, it will drastically improve their chances of getting a positive result.
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