Rio Ferdinand uses Chelsea to make point about Arsenal

Rio Ferdinand says Arsenal can learn a lot from Chelsea's ability to adapt their style according to the opposition

Rio Ferdinand has accused Arsenal of lacking the grit needed to grind out games as Chelsea have been doing this season.

The Gunners are currently reeling from their humiliating 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night as their European hopes were all but ended in emphatic fashion.

It has been a disappointing start to 2017 for Arsenal, with the Gunners having also fallen off the pace in the race for the Premier League title.

Arsenal are currently fourth and 10 points behind leaders Chelsea as they prepare for their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Sutton United on Monday.

And Ferdinand feels that Arsenal could learn a lot by observing how Chelsea are able to grind results out against different opposition.

Speaking to BT Sport before Arsenal’s loss to Bayern, Ferdinand said: “The top teams are adaptable.

“They come up against certain opposition and they adapt their games to suit the game.

“Arsenal seem to play one particular way most of the time and can’t change.

“(Olivier) Giroud is probably the only difference, a point of reference in this team. He gives them something different and creates a presence in the box.

“But defensively can they grind it out? We see Chelsea this season. When it comes to grinding games out ugly they can do it.

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“This Arsenal team haven’t proven that yet.”

Arsenal finished second in the Premier League last season and without a trophy.

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