As such, Blues boss Jose Mourinho believes there is no use discussing the marquee showdown because, if this season has proved anything, it's that any team can beat another on any given match-day, meaning the Premier League standings may well appear completely different in three to four weeks time.
'Let's see how we arrive there,' said Mourinho, as quoted by The Independent. 'Who knows what happens? Who knows in which position we are and they are on December 23? Who knows? Maybe they are third and we are fifth? You never know… in this Premier League, anything can happen. Just play match after match and see what happens.'
Chelsea cured their travel sickness by scalping London rivals West Ham United 3-0 last weekend in a result Mourinho believes was a mandatory requirement for them to stay as close to Arsene Wenger's Gunners as possible. They are currently trailing Arsenal by four points.
'[Winning at the Boleyn Ground] was important to win because if we lose we are seven points from them [Arsenal] and seven points in this league is not dramatic, but seven points are seven points.'
Chelsea play Basel in the Champions League this evening, Tuesday, prior to a hosting of Southampton on Sunday, December 1. Arsenal's Premier League run-in to the Chelsea encounter includes tricky trips to Cardiff City and Manchester City.
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