Chelsea told they have zero players that would get into Arsenal’s team

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Chelsea boss Graham Potter has been sent a brutal message ahead of his side’s clash with Arsenal on Sunday, as he was told that not a single Blues player would get into the current Gunners side. Mikel Arteta’s outfit sit top of the Premier League table, and they travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to take on a sixth-placed Chelsea team.

Chelsea were unbeaten under Potter before last week’s 4-1 defeat to Brighton, though they have a chance to move above Manchester United into fifth place with victory over an Arsenal side that have lost just once in the league so far this campaign. Former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell however made a bold claim ahead of this weekend’s clash that not a single Chelsea player would make it into a combined Chelsea-Arsenal team.

“None at the moment,” Campbell told talkSPORT when asked how many Chelsea players would get into the Arsenal team. “I’ve got to say that. It is harsh, but the only one who you can say has played up to standard, up to scratch or maybe above is Kepa.

“Kepa has been outstanding, but I think when you look at what Arsenal have done this season, the numbers are where they are in the table, I don’t think any Chelsea player gets into that [team].

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“I’d stick with Arsenal [if Campbell was to pick a team to win tomorrow]. Because it’s tomorrow, I am not saying Chelsea players are not top, when they are on fire probably more Chelsea players would get into this squad than Arsenal players, but they have just not been performing.”

Potter is expecting a “tough” game as his side host Arsenal, but has been happy with his start as Chelsea manager after 11 games. “We were disappointed at the weekend because we didn’t play well and lost the game,” Potter said.

“It’s about the response and doing better. The boys have done that really well. It was a good performance against Zagreb, and we have to take that into Arsenal. A tough game, but a very exciting game.

“Objectively, it’s been seven wins, three draws, and a defeat; a lot of games in a very short space of time; actual training time very limited; getting to know the players all the time. So I’m really happy with the response and how the group’s been, understanding them more and more.

“Performance-wise we can do more, we can improve – and that’s exciting. But when you understand the mess of the fixtures and all the injuries we’ve had on the way and all the challenges it brings, we’ve done ok. But there is room to improve, I would say.”

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