Chelsea boss explains that Arsenal have changed – more defensive?

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Jose Mourinho has suggested that Arsenal have become more defensive.

The top of the table clash between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge promises to be intriguing and will play a huge part in deciding the destination of this season’s Premier League trophy.

Chelsea go into the game sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table, four points clear of both Liverpool and Arsenal, but having played a game extra.

Looking at the fixture list, a win for Chelsea would pretty much seal their place above the Gunners, and thus almost guaranteeing that Arsenal will have to wait until next season for another crack at the title.

Heading into the match, Jose Mourinho spoke to Chelsea TV, and explained how Arsenal’s style of player has differed somewhat of late.

The injuries to Mest Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott certainly haven’t helped, and could go some way to explaining Mourinho’s view that Arsenal are now much more defensive than perhaps earlier in the season.

He said: “They are not a very offensive team at the time.”

“They are a balanced team, who defend very well and accumulate a lot of people in defence and try to go in counterattack.”

“They have very good ball possession as always and try to control the game, but they are not the kind of team that is really offensive and aggressive in the way they approach matches.”

Has Arsene Wenger’s approach changed in recent games? Or, is Jose Mourinho attempting a few mind games before the match?

Statistically, some could suggest that they have lacked goals recently in the Premier League – six goals over the last five matches – but, with tough fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs, perhaps that is to be expected.

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