Chelsea won convincingly against Arsenal in yesterday’s London Derby at Stamford Bridge. While the loss was nowhere near as humiliating as the 6-0 defeat Arsenal suffered last time, it proved that Arsenal still have quite some catching up to do if they are to challenge for the League title.
Chelsea have been in unstoppable form lately, and this has prompted former Liverpool captain Jamie Redknapp to compare Chelsea to the Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ side of 2004. The Gunners went an entire Premier League season unbeaten 10 years ago, and Redknapp thinks that Jose Mourinho’s side share some similarities with the team that Arsene Wenger assembled a decade ago.
The best side I ever faced were Arsenal’s Invincibles. They had quality all over the pitch, they were powerful and they hardly had any weaknesses. Now Chelsea are starting to look just as strong.
I don’t know if Jose Mourinho’s team can go unbeaten, but when you look through the squad they have so many options in every position.
If you want a war with them, they are up for the fight. If they want to open up the game, they’ve got the pace and skill of Eden Hazard and his midfield mates. And if they want to sit and play on the counter, they’ve got the speed and power of Diego Costa.
That same Arsene Wenger looked powerless against Jose Mourinho yesterday, and the Portuguese manager frustrated his counterpart so much that Wenger lost his cool and pushed him. Wenger has never won against Mourinho, and yesterday was a perfect demonstration as to why.
Whether Chelsea will manage to replicate the feat of the Invincibles remains to be seen, but it is clear that Arsenal is nowhere close to mounting a serious challenge for the title as of now. Something needs to change, and soon, or else the Gunners will no longer be counted amongst the elite tier of English football.