Robbie Savage: Why Arsenal can tire out Chelsea
Robbie Savage reckons Arsenal can end Jose Mourinho's run of 12 games unbeaten against Chelsea
Robbie Savage says Arsenal are better suited to tiring out Chelsea than Manchester United.
The Red Devils had 70 per cent possession against the Premier League leaders last weekend, but the Blues still managed to seal a 1-0 win thanks to Eden Hazard’s first-half winner.
You often hear Arsenal get accused of trying to pass the ball into the net. Well, that patient approach will work perfectly against Chelsea
Chelsea can move 13 points clear of second-placed Arsenal if the west London side can extend Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten run to 13 games over Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
However, BBC Sport pundit Savage reckons the Gunners have the players capable of exploiting the space between Chelsea’s defence and midfield, which could prove vital.
“Like United, Arsenal will probably see more of the ball and be the team doing most of the attacking. Chelsea will be defending deep and in numbers,” Savage wrote in his column.
“United’s problem was that they still failed to really break Chelsea down and ended up having a lot of long shots.”
Savage continued: “But Arsenal can look to do things differently with their possession because of the quality and type of forward players they have got.
“When they find some space between Chelsea’s midfield and defence they will keep on passing and probing until they get behind them, rather than shooting from distance.
“You often hear Arsenal get accused of trying to pass the ball into the net. Well, that patient approach will work perfectly against Chelsea.
“If they play that extra pass, as many times as it takes, I think they will end up wearing Chelsea out.”
Arsenal have won their last eight Premier League games since a 2-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at White Hart Lane in early February.
The Gunners booked their place in successive FA Cup finals courtesy of a dramatic 2-1 extra-time victory over Championship side Reading last weekend.