Balance of power shifted to Chelsea, says Arsenal legend
Arsenal legend Sol Campbell says Gunners can't compete with Chelsea's spending
Sol Campbell says the balance of power has shifted from Arsenal to Chelsea over the past decade.
The Blues are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table ahead of their trip to English football’s most-decorated side Manchester United on Sunday.
Even if you have the best players and manager, there are certain things you can’t control
Campbell was part of the Arsenal side that won the club’s most recent Premier League title in 2004, going through the season unbeaten.
But the former England centre-half admits Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur can’t compete with their west London rival’s financial mite.
“The balance of power has moved to west London,” Campbell told London Evening Standard. “Arsenal are still hanging in there but at Chelsea the purse is just that bit bigger, and it opens more avenues.
“The north London teams have to work with restrictions. They can buy players but there isn’t the financial power of Chelsea.”
However, offering hope to the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, Campbell believes having the best team and manager doesn’t make you invincible.
“Chelsea have the best team, but even if you have the best players and manager, there are certain things you can’t control,” Campbell said.
“There were a few games that season where we came off the pitch and thought, ‘how did we get through that?’ At the time, I didn’t realise how incredible it was.”