World News – AU – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says Chelsea have the strongest squad in the Premier League


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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has previously dismissed suggestions that he has the strongest squad in the division as « ridiculous ». Watch Arsenal versus Chelsea in the Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event on Saturday from 5pm. Kick-off 5. 30 p.m.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta believes Boxing Day opponent Chelsea have the « strongest squad » in the Premier League as he looks to lead his team to their first national win in almost two months.

A 1-0 win at Manchester United on Jan.. November was the last time Arsenal were successful outside of the Europa League and they’ve only picked up two points in their last seven league games.

Such poor form means that Arteta’s team is on a low 15. Place in the festive games – just four points before the relegation zone.

It was a different picture in August when Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final and gave Arteta his first management silverware less than eight months after taking office.

While the Spaniard refused to compare the two teams’ spending power ahead of the Emirates meeting, it’s Chelsea who has added a lot more to their squad since the Wembley final.

The Blues spent in the £ 220 million region to land Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy.

By contrast, Arsenal’s weaker financial base meant they nearly doubled their summer spending when they paid £ 45million for Thomas Partey on the day of the transfer deadline.

Chelsea are now fifth in the Premier League, 11 points ahead of Arsenal, and have survived their Champions League group without losing games – and Arteta is clearly impressed.

« The team we faced a few months ago was a top team. At this point, you are probably talking about the strongest squad in the Premier League.

« He has a team full of faith and confidence and while they have suffered a few defeats, it is a team that is sure to fight for the top spot in the league. « 

Lampard has already turned down proposals this season, particularly from Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, that Chelsea have the strongest squad in the division.

After Chelsea’s strong start to the season led many to call them title contenders, Lampard denied that it was « ridiculous » to compare his squad of young and new players to the Premier League and Champions League winners in Liverpool. .

While Arteta continues to answer questions about his future, he claims that he will take on all the flak for Arsenal’s current troubles to defend his players.

When asked if he would continue to take responsibility for shielding his squad, he replied, « I have to.

« I will keep doing it when I see that they are really trying and trying to do their best. Mistakes, mistakes, whatever happens, I will support you until the last day.

« So I think I have to do it. Of course, they have to play on the pitch and do the performances.

« We are here to help you as much as possible and we have to accept that it is nowhere near enough.

« The best medicine in this situation is to win a soccer game. Every defeat is another painful moment, another moment of disappointment, another moment when you need to straighten up, and that is what we have to do.

« I think the medicine for all of us would be to come here against Chelsea, beat them, and then walk away from there. It is exactly what we all need. « 

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