Arsenal’s lack of physical presence let them down against Chelsea.


Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea defeated Arsenal by 2-0 in the London derby over the weekend to highlight some issues in the Arsenal and Chelsea squad.

The win took Chelsea to nineteen points on the Premier League table, five points ahead of Manchester City in second place.

And the defeat by the Gunners saw them drop out of the top four to the eighth position on the table.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa ensured Jose Mourinho recorded yet another victory over Arsène Wenger's side.

Arsenal dominated at times, but were unable to turn possession into goal. They were also reluctant to shoot from distance and continued the old style of trying to pass their way to goal.

The clash between both clubs showed Arsenal lacked the physical strength to match the players that were paraded by Chelsea. This was evident in their inability to out-muscle their opponents when going forward.

To beat Chelsea, if you don't have the strength, you need to be quick and clever, and Arsenal lacked that as well.

Diego Simeone`s Atletico Madrid showed last season [back in April] how to beat the Blues in the UEFA Champions League semi-final. Atletico were very physical in their play and clever, combining both attributes always frustrates any team coached by Jose Mourinho.

Rafa Benitez also used a physical, high-pressing style of play in his Liverpool days to torment Jose`s Chelsea.

The Gunners need to be more physical and clever to stop Jose Mourinho’s run of good results against them.

The win sees Chelsea continue their fine form into the new season as the west London side have not lost any Premier League game and drawing just once away to the Citizens at the Etihad stadium.

The Blues form into the new campaign shows they are ready and well equipped to do damage to any team that comes their way. Their title ambitions have also been helped by Fabregas, and Diego Costa who just can't stop scoring goals. With Fabregas providing the passes, the Brazilian-born striker is guaranteed to score many more goals this season.

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas are the key difference between the Chelsea side of last season and this season. They have found even more than Drogba’s replacement in Diego Costa.

The Premier League clubs have to prepared if they are to stop this Chelsea side who have been in blistering form of late.


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