Petit: These are Chelsea's two key advantages over Arsenal - But is he wrong?

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Former Arsenal star believes there are two key areas the Gunners will suffer against Chelsea, but how correct is he?

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes there are two areas the Gunners will fall down against Chelsea.

He believes poor execution of set pieces, and winning the ball back will be their downfall.

He told The Mirror: "If they lose the ball, they are not well­ equipped to win it back. I believe that is where Chelsea have an advantage.

"They have players who are great on the ball, don’t get me wrong. But when they lose possession, they seem to have a problem. When they can control a game, great.

“But they do not seem to score many from set-pieces while Chelsea are always a threat from that kind of situation."

  Ball RecoveriesGoals not from open play
Arsenal 387 3
Chelsea 329 3

 

Figures however show Arsenal have won the ball back more times than Chelsea this season, while our analysis yesterday also displayed they made more touches per game and passes in the final third.

Arsenal's poor record from set pieces was highlighted by manager Arsene Wenger this week, but Chelsea's is not much better. Each team has three goals this season not sored from open play.

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