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Chelsea win outlines strength in depth

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Fixture congestion? Not to worry.

At least, that must be the thoughts of everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club right now following a far more comfortable night than expected at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday. 

2-0 was a perfectly fair reflection of the relative ease with which the Blues progressed to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, and it's hardly surprising given that they could call on the likes of Juan Mata and Willian when needing to give Oscar and Eden Hazard a break.

It proved to be the difference, with Arsenal missing the influence of the injured Mathieu Flamini and rested pair Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud.

Tomas Rosicky possesses many attributes of a good footballer - he works incredibly hard, is versatile and has a great eye for a pass. One just wonders whether he is really the man Arsenal need in these clashes with the rest of England's elite. There is a thought that the Czech may have been of more use against Crystal Palace, freeing up Ozil to play in last night's game.

Last night also proved that no matter how good his start to the season has been, Aaron Ramsey is unable to do everything on his own. He and Jack Wilshere both struggled to take control of the game - something they would have fancied themselves to do facing John Obi Mikel and a rusty Michael Essien.

Ultimately, Arsenal proved to be the architects of their own downfall, with an awful communication breakdown between Carl Jenkinson and Wilshere.

People will more likely castigate the young full-back for his tame header that allowed Cesar Azpilicueta to nip in, but Wilshere showed huge naivety and a lack of leadership with his failure to talk with his colleague.

Chelsea had leaders all over the pitch in Gary Cahill, Essien and Mata, whose performance was exemplary and epitomises the strength of Jose Mourinho's squad this year when players who play as well as he did cannot start on a consistent basis. 

It is impossible to argue with Mourinho while he is winning - which he is doing very well right now. Problems may arise in the medium-term when these incredibly gifted players start demanding first-team action and that will be the true test of Mourinho's ability to handle such a lavish squad. 

For now, however, Chelsea fans can sit back and relax in the knowledge that they have the depth to challenge for every trophy on offer this season.

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