After Chelsea's 4-0 win against Maccabi Tel Aviv in midweek, Jose Mourinho reported that neither Willian nor Pedro would be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday. In that light, the following is good news!
Jose Mourinho reports Willian is out of Arsenal game but every other player is selected for the squad, but there are some doubts. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 18, 2015
Included in the fitness doubts are Pedro, Willian and Oscar. #CFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 18, 2015
Leaving aside the confusion over Willian being mentioned twice -- UPDATE: turns out that was meant to say 'Falcao' instead -- that's Pedro updated from 'out' to an injury doubt, which can only be interpreted as a positive. Any happiness which might result, however, is somewhat attenuated by Oscar's name appearing in the list as well. As a result of all these fitness questions, Chelsea's forward line is going to be quite difficult to predict, an uncomfortable feeling after the straightforwardness of last year.
It's worth noting that Mourinho did not claim that Thibaut Courtois was out injured. Probably that's just an oversight -- we were, after all, expecting to measure the goalkeeper's absence in months, not weeks -- but if we're feeling positive that could be happy news as well.