Arsenal have had so many injury problems in recent times that most of us fans feel like medical experts. So when we saw Diego Costa pull up after just 12 minutes of Chelsea’s narrow win against Stoke City last weekend, it appeared likely that the Brazilian born Spanish international would probably miss the rest of the season, or most of it at least.
And with Costa’s hamstring having dogged him all season and having escaped the scans last week, you would expect his club to be extra cautious with him. In the normal scheme of things they would, but as reported by The Telegraph, both the striker and his club are willing to take risks and are pushing for him to be available in a couple of weeks, when Jose Mourinho brings his title chasing team to the Emirates to face Arsenal.
This indicates to me that the Portuguese manager has a real concern about this game against his old enemy Arsene Wenger. Maybe it is just that Mourinho wants to keep up the record of never having lost to the Frenchman, but I think it is much more likely that he believes his recent claims that Arsenal are still in the title race.
Now if QPR at the weekend or Man United next weekend could just do us a favour and get Chelsea’s bum nice and squeaky, perhaps we could prove him right and we know how much he loves being right, right?