Arsenal legend marvels at Chelsea trio: 'Total footballers!'

Oscar for Chelsea

Ex Arsenal defender lauds a hat-trick of attack-minded Blues, claiming that, collectively, they play total football.

Arsenal Invincible Martin Keown, who picked up a hat-trick of Premier League winners medals as well as three FA Cup titles, was a key part of the club's success at the turn of the millennium as Arsene Wenger introduced 'Wengerball' - an aesthetically-pleasing style of football based on high movement, exquisite touches, technical finesse, awareness of team-mate positioning, intelligent runs and devastating finishing.

While there is still evidence of this play within the current Gunners roster, perhaps perfectly demonstrated earlier in the season when Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud combined in a move that involved a total of five players making 27 touches to score in a move that lasted just 20 seconds against Norwich City.

However, total football is not just something Wenger hopes to realise in North London as, despite his past reputation as a manager who has falsely been accused of employing catenaccio methods, Jose Mourinho has altered his style since he last bossed a defensively-stringent Chelsea as his Blues appear more attack-happy in the current campaign.

While still overseeing a resilient rear-guard, Keown believes Mourinho is achieving 'total football' with his three supremely-gifted attackers.

"Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar are total footballers, but they play with great tenacity, too," the 47-year-old wrote in the Daily Mail. "They are so fluid but are always direct and so effective."

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