Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has praised the brilliance of London rivals Chelsea following Sunday’s clash at Stamford Bridge.
For long periods, Wenger’s side matched their opponents and their performance levels were in stark contrast to last season’s humiliating 6-0 defeat.
The end result, however, was an all too familiar story for the North Londoners as the Blues remained solid at the back and relied on the flashes of brilliance to put the game beyond doubt.
Szczesny, beaten from both the penalty spot and a delightful chip from Diego Costa, felt the Gunners competed well for large parts before acknowledging the strength and brilliance of the opposition.
“I thought it was a very even game,” he said, speaking to the Arsenal.com. “But Chelsea have an ability to keep clean sheets at home and I thought they were very good, they took their chances with two brilliant moments.”
“One, the brilliant run from Hazard that led to the penalty. On the second goal, the ball from Cesc and the finish. Sometimes you’ve got to take your hat off to the brilliance of the opposition.”
“You can’t say we’ve played badly against Chelsea, it’s just that we’ve come up against a very strong side, probably the favourites to win the Premier League at this point.”
The Blues’ victory, their sixth in seven games, left them five points clear ahead of title rivals Manchester City at the top of the table.
As for the Gunners, their first loss of the season has left them in eighth spot though their Polish shot-stopper feels that a big improvement is just around the corner.
“We’ve had a tough run so far. But I’d like to think that our start has been solid, not as good as we expected from ourselves but I believe that, after the international break, we can push on and get more points.”