Arsenal’s Invincibles will live long in the hearts and minds of every Gunners fan lucky to enough to see them play. But could another side be about to replicate the achievements of Arsene Wenger’s greatest ever team?
Speaking about such things after just six matches of a new Premier League season could be deemed foolish. After all, the English top flight is filled with perils, potholes and shocks that make it the most exciting and unpredictable league in the world.
But Chelsea have begun the new campaign in such blistering form – and with such a wonderful squad – that Jose Mourinho’s side could go the whole season unbeaten and reclaim the league crown in the process.
In Diego Costa, Chelsea have signed a striker who has transformed them into predators, picking off sides with clinical precision.
The Spanish international’s eight goals in eight appearances is quite simply magnificent and if he can get on top of his injury problems, there is no reason he should not be eyeing a goal-scoring record or two in the months ahead.
Another summer addition – Cesc Fabregas – has shone just as brightly if in his own understated way. He adds creative quality to Chelsea’s midfield but is more than just an assist-king. He can also sit deeper and inspire the players ahead of him with his passing range and confidence on the ball.
Chelsea’s defence is strong and constant, with Mourinho so far picking a consistent back-four in the league and benefiting as a result, while Nemanja Matic is the unsung hero in front of them, a rock that is circumvented only through great skill or a large dose of luck.
But it is the strength in depth at Chelsea that is the main reason why they could go the whole Premier League season undefeated.
If Costa is absent Mourinho can call on Loic Remy, Didier Drogba or Andre Schurrle. If Fabregas and Eden Hazard are unavailable then Willian, Oscar, Mohamed Salah and the like can all step in. Filipe Luis can rotate with Cesar Azpilicueta, Jon Obi Mikel or Ramires with Matic and Kurt Zouma with Terry or Cahill.
Even their substitute goalkeeper is one of the best in the business!
In short, Chelsea have a formidable side and a formidable manager, and with their work ethic every bit as impressive as their talent, they could replicate Arsenal’s outstanding achievement.
It is only a maybe, but it is far more possible than with any other side for many a season…