Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has clearly indicated that his team would like to outperform Arsenal in terms of physical strength in Sunday’s home fixture. Leader Chelsea is currently leading the point table with 15 points, 5 points above the third placed Arsenal.
Chelsea may have got off to flying start to the season, but the Blues were brought down to the land last weekend when they lost at Manchester City. However, Wilkins believes that his players can fully capitalize on their physical advantage over the Gunners.
Ray Wilkins said, “Our league is physical, isn't it? You have to be ready for that. If it gets thrown up, in your face, then you have to combat that. We didn't quite combat that at Manchester City, therefore we lost.
We won 3-0 last year at the Emirates Stadium (in November) but we never touched the ball for 20 minutes - that shows our resilience. But they are a super footballing team. They are ageing together and learning to play together.”
Chelsea has a number of physically strong players like Didier Drogba, Michael Essien who can outmuscle their opponent. Arsenal players are also pretty much aware of the physical strength of the Chelsea players. In fact, Drogba has always created problems for the young Gunners and scored 12 goals in 10 appearances against Arsenal.