Unimpressed with another Chelsea master class in the apparently easily-mastered art of defending, Arsenal fans displayed their discontent through the medium of song.
‘Boring, boring Chelsea’ chorused around the Emirates at full time of the two London clubs’ goalless draw that moved the Blues to within two wins of a fourth Premier League crown.
The inevitable completion of the quartet will mean Jose Mourinho’s men have hoisted the grandest prize in the English game four times since Arsenal last reigned supreme.
On top of the one FA Cup the Gunners have plundered in that time, Chelsea landed a Champions League crown, a Europa League equivalent, four FA Cups, three League Cups, made eight managerial changes and purchased £805m worth of players.
Such antics are not the first you’d assume of a ‘boring’ football team and, as Mourinho stated in his post-match press conference, Arsenal’s lengthy wait for a league title is far more mind numbing than seasonal success celebrations.
But it’s not just in terms of recent titles won where Chelsea make the north Londoners look mundane, with several stats from this campaign alone suggesting the Blues are the more exciting side of the two.
When measured up against Arsenal, Chelsea are higher in the table, having won more matches, scored more goals and registered the same average of shots on target per outing.
Their six strikes registered at Everton means their seasonal best goal haul stands one higher than the Gunners’ five managed against Aston Villa, while it’s twice the amount Arsene Wenger’s side have mustered in an away game.
In terms of individuals, they have six representatives in the PFA Team of the Year, eclipsing Arsenal’s contribution of one.
In Eden Hazard, they boast the PFA Player of the Year, Diego Costa’s 19 goals makes him the third-most prolific scorer of the campaign and no one has been able to rival Cesc Fabregas for assists.