I am fairly sure that Jose Mourinho did not really intend to say good things about Arsenal as he delivered his end of season speech at the Chelsea awards ceremony last night. In fact the Portuguese manager was clearly intending to mock us as well as his other big Premier League rivals Man City and Man United and to some extent he succeeded.
But while he was quite cutting about the two Manchester clubs by claiming that United wanted to play without goals and have the season decided on possession and that City would have won if it were not for having to defend their own goal, his taunting of the Gunners was not really that bad.
As reported by Sky Sports, Mourinho´s dig at Arsenal was not about how well we played of that there is something missing in our team, style of play of players but only on the fact that we did not get going early enough in the season.
The Chelsea boss said, “The third team (red shirts, white sleeves) was almost there, because they wanted to play with two goals.
“They were scoring some, they were also conceding some. They were fantastic. They scored really beautiful goals, they concede some goals too and they were almost there.
“But they asked the international board to play only between January and April. And they told ‘no chance, no chance’.
“You have to play between August and May, so they couldn’t be champions.”
Well you can´t really argue with him there but he is also, inadvertently, saying that Arsenal are good enough to challenge his team for the top honours. So as long as we do not have another injury crisis at the start of next season I think his clain that we are `nearly there´ could come back to bite him on the bum. We all hope so at least but will it happen?