All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge, including the trip to Arsenal.
'Walcott was a kid,' Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is quoted by Evening Standard to have said of the player who, out of all current Arsenal players, has scored the most against the Blues, before adding: 'He is now a man.'
Monday evening's encounter against Arsenal is one for facts and statistics… Chelsea manager Mourinho brags an exemplary record against Arsene Wenger having never lost, drawing four and winning five.
Playmaking Spaniard Juan Mata has scored in all four of his four starts against Arsenal in all competitions while Theo Walcott scored his first goal for the Gunners against the West Londoners and has since added three in the Premier League.
While tonight's clash at the Emirates Stadium features fifth against third and with Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool forward Luis Suarez attracting early plaudits for their attacking pomp thus far, defensive stalwart John Terry remains unfazed, claiming that Chelsea too will reap commendation: 'I am happy where we are at the moment because I know we have another gear to go to,' he is quoted to have said on the club's official website.
Mourinho, meanwhile, has said he hopes to build a legacy at Chelsea, perhaps akin to what Sir Alex Ferguson accomplished at Manchester United or his opposite number this evening, Wenger, has at Arsenal.
On CNN, Jose said: 'I'm here because I love this club and I love the pressure. It's a different project for me and that's why I'm here.
'I have a four-year contract and I hope at the end of the four years we sit down, analyze the situation and we are both happy for me either to carry on or happy to separate.'
Apparent midfield target Fredy Guarin, the Internazionale player alleged to have been in London with his representative last week, has spoken out over the speculation linking him to Stamford Bridge. On Four Four Two, he said: 'I cannot deny there is something, I haven't spoken with Mourinho but my agent did. However, I hope Inter consider my will to stay.'
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