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Chelsea: Could they have ever gone unbeaten this year?

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A record held by Arsenal, which is still to be broken,is the fact they went 49 games without a loss.

The bulk of the run fell in the 2003-04 season, when they had Thierry Henry, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Patrick Vieira. The question on everybody's lips at the start of this season was whether Chelsea were capable of doing the same.

Comparisons

Firstly you can see by comparing the force both teams had in front of goal. Arsenal had Thierry Henry, Nwankwo Kanu, and Dennis Bergkamp to choose from, whilst Chelsea had Diego Costa, Loic Remy, and Didier Drogba at their disposal.

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The Arsenal trio scored 38 goals between them (Henry, 30. Bergkamp, 7. Kanu, 1) whereas to date Chelsea's trio have only scored a total of 28 (Costa, 19. Remy, 5. Drogba, 4). 

This shows us that Arsenal fans would have been a lot more comfortable with their strike-force and rightly so as they were able to score an extra 10 goals between them than their London rivals.

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Henry vs Costa

The biggest comparison upfront would have to be that of Henry and Costa as they were, or are in Costa's case, their club's main strikers. Henry's 30 goals come in 37 matches in the 2003-04 season whereas Costa's 19 goals were within the space of 23 games.

Costa has suffered many injuries this season and at one point Jose Mourinho claimed he was unable to play two games within the space of a week. Going by statistics, if Costa was fit enough to be selected to play 30 games it is predicted he would have scored 44 goals in the Premier League, six more than the entire Arsenal trio (with two games to play).

Losses

This term Chelsea have lost three games (2-1 to Newcastle, 5-3 Tottenham and 3-0 to West Brom). Two of those games were around the Christmas period where in other leagues they have the Christmas break and so no football played. Between December 1 2014 and January 1 2015 Chelsea played nine games in all competitions (W6, D1, L2).

Arsenal on the other hand only played seven games between this period (W5, D2, L0). This is important as Chelsea had a game every 3.55 days on average, meaning there wasn't much time for their players to rest.

Wenger's side had a game every 4.57 days, a whole additional day to rest between each game more than Chelsea. This could well have had a serious impact as Chelsea lost the two additional games they played.

Chelsea hard done by?

After putting this together you may feel that with everything Chelsea had to offer and the way the two seasons were lined up, the Blues were simply not capable of going a whole season undefeated.

For this to happen they would have needed a stronger force upfront, one that boasted Costa being fully fit throughout majority of the season and the two strikers they had as replacements being capable of stepping up when needed. They may have also benefited from a less congested Christmas break. This is of no fault of their own and is an issue the FA would need to deal with.

If this was the case, who knows what would have happened? Do you think Chelsea could have ever achieved an 'Invincible' season? Let us know in the comments box below.

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