Suffice to say, as an Arsenal fan, I thoroughly dislike Chelsea. As a result, of all Arsenal’s FA Cup triumphs, that of 2002 and 2017 probably rank as the sweetest.
From an objective point of view, however, Chelsea’s accomplishment in the League this season has not been fully recognised. Horrifying though it is for me to point it out, Chelsea in fact set an all-time top-flight record of 30 league wins out of 38. I have not had a lot of time to check, but I have to say I have not seen this noted anywhere.
To apply yourself to a team which wins 30 Premier League games in a single season is astonishing. Week in, week out, Chelsea found a way not just to avoid defeat, but to win – home and almost equally as often away. Only one club in history has accumulated more points than this Chelsea team (that – again, horrifying though it is to admit it – was also Chelsea, in 2005).
It will definitely be a disappointment that this Chelsea side could not match the 2010 vintage in winning the Double (the last team to do so – another horror!), but it goes down in the record books for an accomplishment in the ‘W’ column which is unmatched in history, and may not be matched for a while. It certainly won’t be matched by Arsenal any time soon…