Wojciech Szczesny has obviously been deprived of a thesaurus in his youth, describing Chelsea as "brilliant" no less than three times in a recent interview.
The Arsenal goalkeeper could do nothing as Chelsea scored twice against him on Sunday afternoon, taking all three points to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League. The Gunners lie a massive nine points behind them.
But Szczesny has admitted that Jose Mourinho's men deserved every bit of credit for their latest performance. For him, the Blues are approaching their brilliant best, hinting the title race is already over.
“I thought it was a very even game but Chelsea have an ability to keep clean sheets at home and I thought they were very good, they took their chances with two brilliant moments,” Szczesny told reporters.
“One, the brilliant run from [Eden] Hazard that led to the penalty. On the second goal, the ball from Cesc [Fabregas] and the finish. Sometimes you’ve got to take your hat off to the brilliance of the opposition.
While Chelsea have been the runaway pacesetters thus far, Arsenal have won just two out of their opening seven games. They now sit behind the much-criticised Manchester United with 10 points and fears are starting to turn to whether they can challenge for a top four spot.
However, Szczesny believes Arsenal have been held back by a tough start that has seen them play Everton and Chelsea away as well as Tottenham and Manchester City at home. Those four games reaped just two points for the Gunners as their struggles in big games continues.
“We’ve had a tough run so far. But I’d like to think that our start has been solid, not as good as we expected from ourselves but I believe that, after the international break, we can push on and get more points.
“You can’t say we’ve played badly against Chelsea, it’s just that we’ve come up against a very strong side, probably the favourites to win the Premier League at this point.”
Arsenal have emerged from the other side of a tough run and now look capable of stringing together consecutive wins. Arsenal now face relatively easy games against Sunderland, Burnley and Swansea City before welcoming Manchester United to the Emirates on November 22.