Liverpool legend Graeme Souness: Arsenal should have done this more v Chelsea in Premier League

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Former Liverpool star Graeme Souness claims that Arsenal should have taken more risk against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness is a very opinionated pundit, and he did not hold back while analysing Arsenal’s performance against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Gunners lost the London derby 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to slip down to eighth in the Premier League table with just 10 points from seven matches.

Arsenal’s performance was not altogether bad, but they failed to match that of Jose Mourinho’s players, who went about their task professionally and efficiently.

After the match, Souness told Sky Sports: 'Arsenal have a lot of possession but it’s in the wrong areas or when they do get up on the edge of the box they overcook everything; it’s pass, pass, pass and they wait until they get a clear opportunity and a clear shot at goal...

'They get possession on the 18-yard line and you think ‘go on then, go on then’, but they turn out and start again. That’s why it took them until the 90th minute to get a shot on target.

'When you have that amount of possession you’ve got to make the goalkeeper work. I’d like to see Arsenal risk a bit more, with all the possession they have'.

Do stats back Souness’s opinion?

  Chances createdTotal ShotsShots on TargetBig Chance MissedFinal Third EntriesPen Area EntriesSuccessful Final Third PassesAppearances
Arsenal 9 10 0 0 69 18 143 1
Chelsea 3 5 3 0 77 11 85 1

Arsene Wenger’s side created thrice as many chances and had twice as many shots than Chelsea, but it was the Blues who picked up the points, thanks to a first-half penalty from Eden Hazard and a second-half strike from Diego Costa.

That’s because Chelsea took their chances. They had five shots and three of them were on target – two resulted in goals.

Chelsea were clinical, Arsenal were not.

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