Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas is backing us to be Chelsea’s main challengers next season and believes that Jose Mourinho will fear us the most to snatch his Premier League title, he told BBC Sport.
Following our Community Shield victory against the Blues on Sunday, many are starting to take us seriously as realistic title challengers, with our hoodoo against Mourinho now a distant memory.
The arrival of Petr Cech has also strengthened the belief of the team, and his stature in goal seems to be spreading a calmness throughout the side.
What Jenas is more concerned about is the balance of our side, and he claims that will be the key to our title charge.
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“Arsenal have, probably, the most balanced team to push Chelsea all the way this year,” Jenas predicted.
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“The acquisition of Petr Cech at the back brings that solidarity, (he’s) been there, done it. He’s really going to shore up that defence and could get them an extra five-to-ten points this year.
“They’ve got goals in their team. They’re the one team I think Mourinho will really kind of fear this year.”
Having tasted defeat to us for the first time, Mourinho couldn’t hide his frustrations after the game at Wembley, displaying some bizarre antics.
From standing at the steps to shake our players’ hands and confront Wenger, to his post-match annoyance about our defensive tactics which completely shut them out.
We clearly have all the ingredients to sustain a title challenge, and it will mostly depend on whether or not we can keep our best players fit.