It may only be November, but after Arsenal’s defeat to Swansea, Arsene Wenger seemingly tossed in the towel on the Premier League title race, admitting no one will catch Chelsea.
The trailblazing Blues are 12 points ahead of their north London foes and seven clear of reigning champions Manchester City, with surprise package Southampton their closest competitors, four points back.
Wenger’s admission is concurred with by the bookies, who rate Chelsea as 4/25 jollies for the crown, with a swollen 13/4 saying they contrive to squander their commanding position.
Such an eventuality seems extremely unlikely given the dominance they’ve enjoyed thus far, but at this early stage, with so much football to be played, it must be worth opposing the Blues to reign supreme, especially given the price on offer.
Here’s why Wenger’s wrong to green light this season’s trophy engraving after 11 games:
Chelsea have blown several leads already this term.
Manchesters City and United, as well as Schalke, recovered from a goal down to earn 1-1 draws with the Stamford Bridge side this term, the former with only ten men on the field.
But these goliaths aren’t the only opponents to restore parity with Jose Mourinho’s men this term; Bolton, Shrewsbury and QPR all managed to square things up in their battles with the Blues before ultimately being brushed by the wayside.
It’s not uncommon to see Chelsea go behind either.
Burnley, Swansea and Maribor have all gone a goal up against the league leaders.
The Blues’ obvious superiority got them out of jail on each occasion, but allowing stronger adversaries to get in front will lead to defeats in the future.
They’re too dependent on Diego Costa.
Belligerent Spaniard Costa has bagged ten goals so far, his latest the winner against Liverpool last time out.
His all-action, powerful approach to forward play can’t be replicated by a fellow west Londoner and a long stint on the sidelines – which he’s more than likely to succumb to – would unquestionably destabilise the team.