EPL 2016/17: Chelsea 2-0 Hull City, 5 Talking Points

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League

Absent from Chelsea's 3-0 win at Leicester City amid reports he had been unsettled by an offer from China, Costa celebrated his opener on Sunday with a hand gesture suggestive of media chatter.

It was the returning Diego Costa who opened the scoring for the Blues late in injury time of the first half when he buried a Victor Moses cross into the net. "That they are top of the league now is not a great surprise because they have the advantage of not playing European football".

Lacking a crystal ball of our own, we're keen to hear the opinions of our Chelsea readers. One had the feeling yesterday, though, that if anyone was going to do something extraordinary, it was going to be Diego Costa. Let us know your thoughts by partaking in the poll below...

Star striker Costa fell out with boss Antonio Conte recently after having his head turned by a near £600,000-a-week pay packet on offer from Chinese Super League teams Jiangsu Suning and Tianjin Quanjian.

There is always an element of luck to a title victory, and it seems Chelsea have it when they need it. Marco Silva's side were unfortunate with the penalty incident, but it has to be said that Chelsea looked set for a victory despite the incident. But later on, the London rivals Tottenham overtrumped Chelsea with the same strategy.

"Costa has a contract [until 2019] and Chelsea have to make it understandable that this the right club and he has a contract and he should do his job".

Super-agent Jorge Mendes has been in contact with Chelsea over Diego Costa
GETTY Super-agent Jorge Mendes has been in contact with Chelsea over Diego Costa

Earlier in London, 10-man Arsenal beat Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium in a match where both sides scored penalties in stoppage time.

"In my experience, in my career as a footballer, I once won and once lost a title when we had a seven-point lead four games from the end of the season", he added.

"There are still a lot of big games, important games, so we have to stay together and finish well". He provides something that no other Chelsea player can provide: true dominance as a complete centre forward. So, clearly, it was huge mistake considered by the Hull defence. Few of the players including Hazard, Azpilicueta, Kante, Pedro, Matic have been featuring from the very beginning of the league and expectations on them is too much high.

Chelsea's next Premier League games - following Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Brentford - are at Liverpool on January 31 and at home to Arsenal on February 4.

"I hope to adapt as quickly as possible in the first contact I have with the game".

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