Chelsea, Arsenal


Arguably the most inform center forward on the planet, Diego Costa has surpassed expectations in his debut season.

Although the former Braga man was always a prolific goal scorer, pundits have been left a little baffled, at how well he has started the season.

The 25 year old is currently on an amazing run of form, in performances that must have gone beyond even his initial expectations.

Chelsea fans will be expecting more of the same from the Spaniard come this Sunday when they face their bitter rivals, Arsenal.

In the aftermath of injury rumors floating in some sections of the media, the former Atletico Madrid forward has come out to confirm is his almost certain involvement in the clash:

“I’m certain I’ll play against Arsenal. There are a few niggles that are still annoying me.

There are days when I do not train, so I can prevent problems, but there are other days when I can train” – Diego Costa on his readiness for the Arsenal tie.

The prolific goal scorer is a major reason for the Blues success this season. The bullish striker is a natural winner;

“With Diego we didn’t know, we’ve seen it before, some strikers take months and months. But he’s hit the ground running. Eight goals already are superb and it’s great for us. He’s a good character, a great character. Without speaking a word of English he gets by and gets on great with everyone. He puts himself about but gets up and battles on and plays with little niggle. That’s what you want. That’s why he’s come to the Premier League; to win. He’s made it clear to everyone in pre-season; he’s come here to win trophies.” – Chelsea’s Captain John Terry, on Diego Costa’s drive to win.

The Spaniard will be looking to register a goal against a genuine title contender, after he came only inches from scoring against City.

The combative striker has not only declared himself ready for Sunday’s clash but also for national team duty as well, suggesting he’s injury concerns maybe over:

“I hope I am okay to go with Spain. If I played 90minutes it is clear that I’m fine, I am feeling better all the time and it is the boss’s (Vicente del Bosque) decision.”

Despite the Spaniard’s confidence at being able to perform both his club and international duties, the Chelsea Boss has advised caution:

“I have a feeling that next week he goes to the national team… I have a feeling that in the national team, they will not consider the fact that he is in trouble…” – Jose Mourinho on Costa’s national team assignment.

It is clear that the Portuguese tactician is trying to send a note of warning to his player and the Spanish national team boss. It is also however clear that neither the player nor Del Bosque will take it seriously.

Despite the recklessness of the player, he’s drive and willingness to play every game and to contribute in any way, is admirable.