Mikel Arteta: ‘Chelsea have strongest squad in Premier League’


A 1-0 triumph at Manchester United on November 1 was the last time Arsenal tasted success outside of the Europa League.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta thinks Boxing Day challengers Chelsea boast the “strongest squad” in the Premier League as he seeks to direct his team to a first domestic win in almost 2 months.

A 1-0 triumph at Manchester United on November 1 was the last time Arsenal tasted success outside of the Europa League and they have taken just 2 points from their last 7 league trips.

Such a bad run of form indicates Arteta’s side head into the joyful fixtures in a lowly 15th position– only 4 points clear of the relegation zone.

It was a different image back in August when Arsenal originated from behind to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final, providing Arteta his first piece of supervisory flatware less than 8 months after taking the reins.

Arteta led Arsenal to a record 14th FA Cup with triumph over Chelsea in August. (Catherine Ivill/PA)

However, while the Spaniard declined to compare the costs power of the 2 teams ahead of the conference at the Emirates Arena, it is Chelsea who have added much more to their squad since that Wembley final.

The Blues invested in the region of ₤ 220million to land Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Edouard Mendy

Contrastingly, Arsenal’s weaker financial footing indicated they all-but doubled their summer costs when they paid ₤ 45million for Thomas Partey on transfer due date day.

Chelsea now sit 5th in the Premier League, 11 points clear of Arsenal, and advanced through their Champions League group without losing a game– and Arteta is plainly pleased.

“Obviously, Chelsea always have a great squad of great players,” he stated.

” The team that we dealt with a couple of months ago was a leading one. In this minute, you’re most likely speaking about the strongest squad in the Premier League.

” They’re doing an actually good task, Frank (Lampard) is doing an actually good task.

“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.”

David Luiz and Joe Willock leave the pitch at Everton– where Arsenal lost for the 5th time in their last 7 Premier League games (Clive Brunskill/PA)

As Arteta continues to address concerns about his future, he preserves that he will take all of the flak for Arsenal’s existing issues as he seeks to protect his players.

Asked if he will keep taking obligation to shield his squad, he responded: “I have to.

” I will keep doing it when I see that they are truly attempting, and they are attempting to do the very best thing. Errors, mistakes, whatever takes place, I will support them up until the last day.

” This is the way I think I have to do it. Obviously they have to play on the pitch and put in the efficiencies.

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” We are here to assist them as much as possible, and we have to accept that at the minute it’s no place near enough.

” The very best medication when you are in this situation is to win afootball match Every defeat is another injuring minute, another minute of dissatisfaction, another minute you have to raise yourself up which’s what we have actually got to do.

“I think the medicine for all of us would be to come here against Chelsea, beat them and then move from there. It’s exactly what we all need.”

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