Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Boxing Day opponents Chelsea boast the “strongest squad” within the Premier League as he appears to be like to information his group to a primary home win in practically two months.
A 1-0 victory at Manchester United on November 1 was the final time Arsenal tasted success exterior of the Europa League they usually have taken simply two factors from their final seven league outings.
Such a poor run of kind means Arteta’s facet head into the festive fixtures in a lowly fifteenth place – solely 4 factors away from the relegation zone.
It was a distinct image again in August when Arsenal got here from behind to beat Chelsea within the FA Cup remaining, giving Arteta his first piece of managerial silverware lower than eight months after taking the reins.
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But, whereas the Spaniard refused to check the spending energy of the 2 groups forward of the assembly on the Emirates, it’s Chelsea who have added rather more to their squad since that Wembley remaining.
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The Blues spent within the area of £220m to land Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy.
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Contrastingly, Arsenal’s weaker monetary footing meant they all-but doubled their summer season spending after they paid £45m for Thomas Partey on switch deadline day.
Chelsea now sit fifth within the Premier League, 11 factors away from Arsenal, and progressed via their Champions League group with out dropping a sport – and Arteta is clearly impressed.
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“Obviously, Chelsea always have a great squad of great players,” he mentioned.
“The team that we faced a few months ago was a top one. In this moment, you’re probably talking about the strongest squad in the Premier League.
“They’re doing a very good job, Frank (Lampard) is doing a very good job.
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“He’s got a team full of belief and confidence, and even though they had some defeats it’s a team that is going to be fighting for the top spot in the league for sure.”
Lampard has beforehand rejected ideas this season, most notably from Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp, that Chelsea have the division’s strongest squad.
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After Chelsea’s sturdy begin to the season led many to label them as title contenders, Lampard contested that to check his squad of younger and new gamers to Liverpool’s Premier League and Champions League winners was “ridiculous”.
As Arteta continues to reply questions on his future, he maintains that he’ll take all the flak for Arsenal’s present woes as he appears to be like to defend his gamers.
Asked if he’ll carry on taking duty to defend his squad, he replied: “I have to.
“I’ll maintain doing it after I see that they’re actually making an attempt, and they’re making an attempt to do the most effective factor. Mistakes, errors, no matter occurs, I’ll assist them till the final day.
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“This is the way I believe I have to do it. Of course they have to play on the pitch and put in the performances.
“We are right here to assist them as a lot as potential, and we have to just accept that in the mean time it is nowhere close to sufficient.
“The best medicine when you are in this situation is to win a football match. Every defeat is another hurting moment, another moment of disappointment, another moment you have to lift yourself up and that’s what we’ve got to do.
“I feel the drugs for all of us could be to come back right here towards Chelsea, beat them after which transfer from there. It’s precisely what all of us want.”
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