Martin Keown sends message to Arsenal fans about Chelsea

Martin Keown says Arsenal "copied" Chelsea's blueprint to success to win the FA Cup this season

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

Martin Keown has accused Arsenal of “copying” Chelsea’s blueprint to success this season.

Antonio Conte earned plenty of praise following his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge after opting to switch Chelsea to a 3-4-3 formation.

The Italian coach led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first campaign in charge at the club and has been widely praised for his decision.

Arsenal struggled for large portions of the season but enjoyed a big upturn in form when Arsene Wenger opted to deploy a similar formation for the closing games of the campaign.

Indeed, the Gunners were able to beat Chelsea at their own game as they secured a 2-1 win over the Blues in the FA Cup final at Wembley last weekend.

And Arsenal legend Keown believes that Chelsea boss Conte deserves credit for making the original tactical change.

Keown wrote in his column for the Daily Mail: “As an analyst you can get fed up with looking at 4-4-2 or 4-5-1, so it has been refreshing to see how Chelsea have coped with this system in all manner of situations.

“Chelsea are the first team to win the Premier League with a back three… and Arsenal won the FA Cup with that system having ultimately copied Chelsea!”

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