Premier League leaders Chelsea will get revenge over Arsenal on Saturday, says Jamie Redknapp.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp explained why Chelsea have become the force they are this campaign, and believes they will beat Arsenal on Saturday to further strengthen their grip on the Premier League crown.
“They’re like a well-oiled machine. Every single player knows where they should be when they have got the ball and when they haven’t.
I had the privilege of watching Chelsea train a while ago and you could just see how Conte has got them so well drilled for every eventuality. He’s almost out there orchestrating every single move. He’s the maestro, conducting everyone – when to sit, when to press, where the wing-backs should be.
“They’ve obviously got tremendous players because they won the league in 2014/15, but last season they looked like a team that weren’t together, a bunch of individuals that didn’t want to play for the last manager. Now they’re looking like the best team in the Premier League for a long, long time.
N’Golo Kante has obviously played a big part in their improvement this season. After playing a key role in Leicester’s title win he appears to be doing the same for Chelsea. Remarkably, he’s lost just six Premier League games since the start of last season.
Arsene Wenger was asked about Kante on Friday and he said: “we tried to sign him twice”. Well, for me, that’s not good enough. Why did you nearly sign him? Why didn’t you sign him?”
“Arsenal are in the Champions League, if they want to push the boat out they’ve got the money to compete. But that’s a terrible indictment of where Arsenal are that they couldn’t bring him in if they wanted to. He would have been the perfect fit for them.
They badly needed a player like him against Watford in midweek. That was such a terrible defeat for Arsenal. Probably the worst result of the season among the big teams. No disrespect to Watford but they’re a poor team without pace, a mish-mash of players and I fancy them to get dragged into a relegation fight.
For them to go to Arsenal and win, it sums up Arsenal.
But, for all their problems and all the silly slip-ups, Arsenal do still have the firepower to cause Chelsea problems on Saturday.”