Boring, boring Mourinho - are Chelsea the old Arsenal?

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Highbury legend suggested that Chelsea's ability to grind out a 1-0 win at the weekend was typical Jose Mourinho - are they the new boring Arsenal?

"It was three points and the kind of performance that Jose Mourinho's Chelsea has in their locker - you're not surprised," said Arsenal legend Alan Smith after the Blues defeated Swansea City by a slender margin in a match whey they took off their goalscorer for a defensive midfielder despite having a one man advantage anyway.

The current Premier League season has been dominated by highlight-reel goalscoring. Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo have delighted for Manchester City, while Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have struck up an equally impressive partnership at Liverpool.

This is a stark contrast to the dearth of quality options that Mourinho has up front.

Such a striking inefficiency has been compensated by a: the ability of their midfielders to put the ball in the net and b: their defensive stringency as Chelsea have conceded just 24 times from 34 Premier League matches thus far this season - a division best by seven goals.

Smith continued on Sky Sports: "When a sending off occurs, you know it has a 1-0; they got the goal, Ba came off, Mikel came on, you hold what you have… thank you very much.

"That's Mourinho and it might be enough."

Mourinho has that George Graham trait of defensive responsibility. In season's past, attacks have won matches while defences have won titles and, if Chelsea were to usurp Liverpool and claim the crown this season then there is no better demonstration of that cliche than the Portuguese's current team.

Are Chelsea the new boring, boring Arsenal? Considering their 6-0 thrashing of the Gunners just last month, no… probably not, but the Blues clearly lack the excitement of Brendan Rodgers' Reds and Manuel Pellegrini's City.

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