The hoodoo Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has over Arsene Wenger extended to 13 games this weekend: His record now reads P13, W7, D6, L0. Mourinho is a master of the in-game stifle and took what he wanted out of the Premier League game at the Emirates by claiming a 0-0 draw; delivering a turgid point which will almost certainly be enough to keep Arsenal away from a late run at the title.
But the postmatch press against the Gunners has been hugely negative. Even the heavily critiqued Sky Sports pundit...
Although Arsenal were spared the ignominy of seeing Chelsea formally clinch the Premier League title at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, they could have been forgiven for forming an impromptu guard of honour at full-time. The 0-0 result confirmed what everybody already knew: Chelsea will be champions.
Curiously, despite sitting joint-second in the table, Arsenal have never really been in the title race. Theirs has been a season of two halves, the first of which was verging upon shambolic.
Obviously feeling that their relationship had reached something of an impasse and that his significant other wasn't pulling her weight in the football department, one Arsenal fan decided to make his girlfriend sit an Arsenal exam in a bid to really test their compatibility.
The exam featured a ridiculously professional-looking cover sheet, explaining that 50 marks were available and that all answers should be filled in using black ink, etc.
Leave it to Chelsea to prolong the slow pull of the Band-Aid off the wound. The identity of the Premier League champion has been as well-kept a secret as the winner of the upcoming FIFA presidential election, yet Chelsea remain intent on extending the pain until they are good and ready for their coronation.
And as excruciating as the Big Tease has become, I can understand Chelsea's reluctance to put the rest of us out of our misery. I mean, who wants to win the title at Leicester on a Wednesday...
It was very far from Chelsea at their "artistic" best, but it was Jose Mourinho at his mischievous best. The Portuguese had been asked about the chants of "boring, boring Chelsea" from the Emirates crowd after a predictably locked-down performance that yielded a 0-0 result at Arsenal, and offered the type of spark that wasn't so evident in his team's play.
"You know, boring I think is 10 years without a title," Mourinho responded. "That's very boring. You support the club and you're waiting, waiting,...