Arsenal have been handed a boost ahead of our game with Chelsea, as it has now been confirmed that Diego Costa will play no part in the game at the Emirates.
According to the Daily Mail, the 26-year-old has failed to recover from a hamstring injury in time for the top of the table clash, after having a fitness test on Friday.
The news will make Jose Mourinho’s job slightly tougher with his other first-team striking options, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy, also struggling with injuries. Dominic Solanke – who is yet to make a Premier League appearance – is a possible option for the away side.
Should Solanke start, then we can probably expect a frustrating afternoon however. We are currently enjoying an excellent run, and Mourinho would probably love nothing more than to stop that momentum. For much of the game, they will most likely park men behind the ball. We will have to work hard for the chances.
Without Costa, the Blues are not the same team in attack. In their last three games – none of which has the Spain international started – the side have looked much less threatening in attack. Not only is Costa a big loss, but his absence allows more attention to be placed upon their other major threat Eden Hazard. If we keep the Belgian quiet – which Bellerin is capable of doing – then we can commit more men forward, and therefore stand a fantastic chance of winning the game and keeping ourselves in the title picture.