Jamie Redknapp tells Arsenal how to beat Chelsea
The former Liverpool midfielder gives Arsenal the blueprint on how to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon
Jamie Redknapp says Arsenal have to replicate their Community Shield and FA Cup performances to have any hope of beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Some pundits have suggested that the north London side’s title challenge is already on the line after just four Premier League games following a poor start to the season.
The Gunners suffered their first defeat of the season at the bet365 Stadium following a 1-0 loss to Stoke City before losing 4-0 to title rivals Liverpool at Anfield at the end of August.
To their credit, Arsene Wenger’s side responded with a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at The Emirates last weekend but doubts remain about the Gunners ahead of their clash with a familiar foe.
Chelsea have the upper hand in Premier League games in recent seasons at Stamford Bridge and were 3-1 winners against Wenger’s men in west London back in February.
Former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder Redknapp warned that Arsenal would have to replicate their recent Wembley performances against Chelsea to have a realistic shot at victory.
“How will Arsenal approach this game? You would like to think Arsene Wenger would look at the FA Cup final and the Community Shield and think how well they played in both games,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“Look at how well they defended, how organised they were, and then try to get as close to that team as possible.
“When they played at Stamford Bridge last year it was a complete mismatch. Chelsea were too powerful and too dominant and just ran all over Arsenal, who were all over the place defensively.
“In terms of Arsenal’s set-up it’s got to be as close as possible to the last two games against Chelsea.”
Chelsea lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley last season before the Gunners beat the defending champions on penalties in the Community Shield.