John Terry criticises the way Arsenal play football

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John Terry believes Arsenal will never win the Premier League title if they continue to play 'tippy tappy football'.

The Chelsea captain was the star of the show at the Emirates Stadium as a stubborn defence managed to shut out Arsenal's attacking force.

Jose Mourinho's always seemed content with the prospect of drawing 0-0 and were happy to absorb pressure from the likes of Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez.

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With a stalemate looking inevitable, the frustrated Arsenal fans starting singing 'boring, boring Chelsea'.

But Terry believes Chelsea's 'boring' style of play is the main reason behind their likely Premier League title triumph and also thinks Arsenal will have to change their tactics if they are to emulate them in the future.

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Definitely not boring

Terry told The Mail: "We are definitely not boring and if we do go on to win it, nobody’s going to remember the performances when perhaps it’s not been that exciting, but we've dug deep where other teams haven’t and that is why they are so far behind us.

"Possession is great, we could see that from the Manchester United game last week.

"Possession and tippy-tappy football’s great, but if you are not winning games you’re not going to win the league.

"Let’s not forget the first half of the season, up until Christmas, we were the best side by far.

"The football we played with Fabregas and his assists, the goal at Burnley by Andre Schurrle and goals after that. The play was different class.

"Things then went us against us and the manager being him, came up with the way to get us through games and that’s where he’s at his best."

Incredible performance

Terry was at his absolute best against the Gunners and was named the man of the match by a variety of respected writers and broadcasters as a result.

His reading of the game kept Giroud, who had been in fine form leading up the game, out of harms way to the point that Thibaut Courtois did not have a significant save to make.

In response to his titanic performance, Terry praised Mourinho for teaching him the art of defending.

He said: "It is an art. Listen I totally respect him, he is a great manager, but from our point I am just delighted.

"I got on the end of a lot of crosses and cleared a few. You can feel when things are going well and stuff and definitely during the game I felt it was.

"They are a really good side, especially going forward, so needed to be on it defensively, which we have been collectively.

"I just thought even in midfield tracking back late on you could see they were a little shattered a little bit, but everyone dug deep."

When will it end?

On the back of Sunday's performance it is clear Terry will head into next season as Chelsea's first choice centre-back. That will take him into his 35th birthday, but at times it seems he is playing his best football.

Had he not retired from international football, he would almost definitely still be a top choice for England boss Roy Hodgson as well.


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