Former Arsenal midfielder tells Arsene Wenger how to beat Chelsea
Charlie Nicholas urges Arsenal to play two holding midfielder against Chelsea at The Emirates on Sunday
Charlie Nicholas believes Arsenal are capable of beating Chelsea but only if Arsene Wenger plays two holding midfielders against the Premier League leaders.
The FA Cup finalists face Jose Mourinho’s side at Emirates Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Chelsea managed to blunt Manchester United’s impressive attack in their most recent outing, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
However, former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas believes the Gunners can end their miserable run against Mourinho’s side and claim victory if they look to play Chelsea at their own game.
“Arsenal should play with two holding midfielders, because that’s exactly what Chelsea will do,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“They’ll come to the Emirates and they’ll stick Nemanja Matic in there and they might stick John Obi Mikel or Kurt Zouma in there too, and Arsenal need to counter that.
“That might mean playing Aaron Ramsey slightly out of position, slightly right of Francis Coquelin, who has been very impressive lately, and I’d just ask him to sit in there when Arsenal don’t have the ball.
“Wenger might have to consider sacrificing Santi Cazorla for that to work, but I’d just like two midfielders to sit and try and control the middle, where Cesc Fabregas will be, and Eden Hazard – the ultimate danger – will be floating about too.”
Chelsea are 10 points clear of Arsenal after Mourinho’s men edged to a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils on Saturday courtesy of Eden Hazard’s first-half winner.
Arsenal, meanwhile, edged to a 2-1 extra-time win against Championship side Reading after Alexis Sanchez scored twice at Wembley.
The Gunners have won their last eight Premier League games following a 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby in February.