Graham Potter previews Arsenal
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Arsenal can prove they are true Premier League title contenders with a win over Chelsea on Sunday, says Gabriel Agbonlahor. However, the former Aston Villa captain claims failure to pick up three points will show the Gunners are not quite at that level yet.
Arsenal headed into the weekend’s action two points clear of defending champions Manchester City at the top of the table. Mikel Arteta’s side know they need to win their final two matches before the World Cup to ensure they are top at Christmas.
Arteta has led his team to successive wins at Stamford Bridge in the past two seasons. However, the Blues are yet to taste defeat on their home patch under Graham Potter.
Agbonlahor isn’t sure how the game will go and admits he can see either side winning. He believes it will be a good sign of how far Arsenal have really come whatever the outcome.
The pundit said on talkSPORT: “This is the sort of game where you expect Arsenal to go and win, confident. But Chelsea, they can pick these performances out.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if Chelsea won this game. Chelsea have got quality players, let’s not forget, if you look at Chelsea’s squad of players.
“Brilliant result in midweek for them. This is a test where Arsenal fans probably want to see ‘come on Arsenal, can you go and beat Chelsea? Can you go back to the top of the table?’ and it’s probably a test of where Arsenal are and where they can go.
“If they go and beat Chelsea away, you start thinking ‘this is actually a title challenge’. They’re not really coming unstuck against anybody really, yes they lost to Manchester United. But since then they’ve been on fire.”
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Chelsea started the weekend in sixth place and know not even a win would propel them into the top four. Arsenal can open up a 13-point gap on their London rivals with a win.
However, former Blues striker Carlton Cole admits he is fed up with talk of Arsenal potentially ending their title drought this term. Cole said: “Listen, I don’t want to talk about Arsenal, man.
“My cousin is so lary at the moment, it’s just getting on my nerves. They’re just churning result and result and I just want to see a dip in form. I want to see a dip in form but I’m not seeing it!”
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