"[If you] ask if I would like my strikers to score eight, 10, 12 goals [already this season], then yes, I would," reflected Jose Mourinho on the back of that loss.
"If they had we would be top of the league. That's the reality."
The Guardian's coverage of Mourinho's post-match press conference—and that from many other media outlets—painted the picture of a somewhat subdued manager.
He hasn't resorted to publicly criticizing Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o just yet, but Mourinho knows a combined return of four league goals between them isn't good enough if the Blues are to sustain their title challenge.
Arsenal may have only capitalized on Chelsea's defeat by picking up a point with a draw against Everton, but point or not, it means Chelsea are beginning to lose ground on the Premier League leaders, which will concern their manager.
When he looks at his options to combat that, however, his trio of strikers are struggling to live up to their world-class billing.
Something has to give: Either Torres, Ba and Eto'o rediscover their appetite for goals, or with the wealth they have at their disposal, Chelsea simply bring in new recruits.
Thus far, it appears the Blues are hoping for the former, as Mourinho continues to intimate he will not be adding any players to his squad come the January transfer window.
Should he change his mind, Bleacher Report has scouted three strikers who could add an extra dimension to Chelsea as an attacking force.