It would have been a big help to Arsenal and our chances of winning the Premier League this season if Leicester City had managed to beat Chelsea or at least stop the league leaders from adding another three points to their total, especially after the setback of a defeat last week and the loss of their main striker Diego Costa this weekend, but the fragile Foxes could not even hold out for seven minutes.
Going into the game though, and judging by the respective form of the pair this season, not many people expected anything but a Chelsea win. But the Blues do have tougher times ahead and there is a long way to go, so they will need to keep their best players fit and firing to hold off the challenge of Arsenal and others and according to the football media this week they could be about to lose arguably their most important player Diego Costa.
There are rumours going around about a possible big money move to China for the striker and also about a dispute over his fitness, which could mean that Costa has already made up his mind to accept the massive salary and head east and if that is true then Graeme Souness reckons it could spell the end of their title challenge, as a Sky Sports report explains.
Even though Antonio Conte has a strong squad full of stars like Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian, the former midfielder thinks that Costa is their main man and that without him Chelsea would struggle.
He said, “This is the very last thing Chelsea need. He is playing out of his skin. They lose him and all of a sudden they are not going to win the Premier League.”
There are plenty of ifs and buts here, but if Chelsea do lose Costa how much will it hurt them. And would ASrsenal be the club to take advantage?