Rio Ferdinand sends Mikel Arteta message to Chelsea boss Graham Potter
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Rio Ferdinand insists Graham Potter must learn from Mikel Arteta on how he can turn things around at Chelsea. Arteta got the better of Potter on Sunday as Arsenal beat the Blues 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal were the better team in west London and were deservedly winners despite the tight scoreline. Centre-back Gabriel scored the only goal of the game from close range in the second half.
The Gunners continue to impress and have regained their spot at the top of the Premier League table following Manchester City’s late win over Fulham on Saturday. Chelsea, meanwhile, have now lost back-to-back league games and sit seventh.
Potter only took over as Chelsea boss in September following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel. Arteta, meanwhile, is in his third full season in the hot-seat at Arsenal.
Ferdinand says Potter must take heed from what Arteta has done to transform the Gunners and attempt to have a similar impact at Chelsea. The Manchester United legend said on BT Sport: “From what we’ve seen from Graham Potter in recent years, he’s a very balanced person.
“He’ll look at this and understand exactly where they are. He understands that, and Arsenal are three years ahead of where they are. That’s the biggest balance now.
“I know we keep referring to Arsenal, as a whole. The security and confidence he’s been able to bring this team.
“That’s what Graham needs to do here. You’re always trying to deliver a message.”
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has described Chelsea as a work in progress and says Potter must discover his best formation before it is too late. Keown is wary of Potter’s long-term future if results do not pick up.
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He said: “He’s supportive of his team, he’s very honest. It’s a work in progress really.
“It didn’t function. The next step is to put everything right. First of all, he needs to work out what he thinks is the best formation for this group.
“This is the world we’re in. We’re in a world, it’s extreme. This isn’t down to a football manager.
“It’s very extreme. As a manager, you’re two games away from being the worst and two wins away from being the best manager.”
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