The Blues suffered a setback on at the weekend with defeat to Newcastle.
After 10 matches in the Premier League it is still proving difficult to predict a winner, as Arsenal lead a chasing pack of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur by just five points.
The Blues suffered perhaps the biggest shock of the weekend when they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United, but midfielder Juan Mata says the title race is still wide open.
“I still think it’s just too early to talk about favourites to win the Premiership, even more now, when all the potential candidates are separated by a few points,” the Spaniard wrote in his blog.
“At the end, as usual, it will be a close fight with several teams involved and I hope we will be one of them.”
Mata was among those criticised after the match at St James’ Park in which several of the west London club’s stars under-performed.
The Gunners meanwhile triumphed over Brendan Rodgers’ third-placed team 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium, with goals from Santi Cazorla and the increasingly impressive Aaron Ramsey securing the side’s eighth win of the league campaign.
Mata may be staying positive but there were some obvious issues that manager Jose Mourinho will need to address after the Magpies loss.
One major problem is the team’s lack of potency up-front, with Fernando Torres looking poor again after a brief spell of class against City the previous week.
Stalwarts Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard also looked off the pace and Mourinho may have to make the tough decision of replacing some of the 50-year-old’s favourites.
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