First of all Arsenal fans, I have to say that the news about the Chelsea striker Diego Costa being a serious doubt for this weekend and possibly missing the next three weeks through injury could turn out to be more mischief and misdirection from the mouth of Mourinho. It would not be the first time.
But if the news reported by the Daily Star is right and the Blues will have to do without their star striker, it gives Arsenal a great chance to close the gap on the pace setters and get our own tilt for the Premier League title firmly back on track.
The Gunners are nine points behind Mourinho’s men after a tough start to the season, but just as our injury crisis is easing off and we are going into a nice looking run of fixtures, losing Costa would be a real blow and they face an away trip to a Crystal Palace side that had a good win in their last game and who Neil Warnock will have very well organised.
After that they travel to Old Trafford where they could easily drop points before a home game with QPR. Then the first game back for Costa, assuming that three weeks is correct, would be away to Liverpool. At the same time Arsenal host Hull, travel to Sunderland, host Burnley and travel to Swansea.
If we win those four games and Chelsea drop some points, it will be game on for the Gunners again. So did we give up on the title too soon?