Juan Mata praises Arsenal

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Chelsea star Juan Mata has admitted he has been impressed by Premier League form side Arsenal so far this season and is looking forward to battling it out with them for the title.

Jose Mourinho's side swept aside newly promoted Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon which took them second, two points behind the table-topping Gunners and Mata has revealed his admiration for Arsene Wenger's men, though warned there was still a long way to go.

"Obviously this is just the beginning and there are still many fixtures scheduled, but the higher we stand, the better," he said on Grada 360.

"Arsenal are leading at the moment. They are not only winning games, but playing attractive football as well."

Norwich City were Arsenal's latest victims in their 11-match unbeaten streak and were beaten 4-1 at Emirates Stadium on Saturday, the highlight of which was Jack Wilshere finishing off a quite sensational team goal to open the scoring - some are already calling it goal of the season.

Chelsea were victorious by an identical scoreline, though the main talking point from the match at Stamford Bridge was an awful mistake by referee Antony Taylor.

Samuel Eto'o quite clearly nipped in an stole the ball away from goalkeeper David Marshall as he bounced it ahead of clearing it away, an act that should warrant a free-kick. Taylor and his assistants failed to spot the infringement and Eto'o eventually set up Eden Hazard for the equaliser.

It was a crucial moment in the game after Cardiff had taken the lead and manager Malky Mackay was understandably upset afterwards.

Arsenal and Chelsea have Champions League duties this week but they will meet on Tuesday next week for their Capital One Cup fourth round tie at Emirates Stadium.

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