Joe Cole: Show Us Your Medals, Arsenal

Joe Cole has revealed he's much happier playing for a team that wins things than one that plays pretty football.

Joe Cole has turned up the heat ahead of Chelsea's derby with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, taunting the North London side's failure to claim any silverware in the last three years.

Cole also ridiculed the idea that the attractive style of football Arsenal play is just as important as winning things.

"People are always going on about the nice football Arsenal play but if you look at the last few years, who’s won the trophies? Know what I mean?" asked the England forward.

"I wouldn’t want to be playing for a team that didn’t win trophies.

"You are not going to be sitting on the beach at the end of the season speaking about that Cruyff turn you did back in December, or that nutmeg you did in January, are you?

"You want to be thinking about what medals you won. That’s what it’s all about. That’s why you play. Our only aim is to put some silverware on the table. I’d like to be sitting on a beach next summer with a medal or two."

Should Arsenal lose a sixth league game this season tomorrow, then Chelsea would go a massive 13 points clear of them and effectively kill off the Gunners' title chances before Christmas. And a comparison of the two clubs' recent trophy-winning exploits makes depressing reading for Arsenal fans.

The Ashburton Grove club last picked up some silverware in May 2005 when they won the FA Cup. Chelsea won the Premier League title that season, retained it the following year and have also added the FA Cup and two Carling Cups.

Cole isn't the only Chelsea player sneering at Arsenal before the big game, either. Team-mate Jose Bosingwa also had a few choice words for the Blues' cross-town rivals.

"The most beautiful football doesn’t always win games," the Portuguese right-back claimed.

"Arsenal the prettiest team? But they are not the most effective, are they?

"Results are what count. We can play just as beautiful football as Arsenal. We are the team with the most goals in the league. I think Chelsea’s style is good."

It has been said that Chelsea under Luiz Felipe Scolari have improved their style of play after the pragmatic tactics adopted by his predecessors Jose Mourinho and Avram Grant. Regardless, it seems that there remains a fierce desire to win above all else at Stamford Bridge.

Zack Wilson, Goal.com