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Chelsea great Pat Nevin admits Chelsea’s bench is phenomenal. He insists having the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Willian and John Terry on the bench is a luxury teams like Arsenal don’t have.

“I have to say I was surprised by Arsenal’s weakness at the weekend. It may partly be down to having a few key players missing or off form but these are things you need to deal with,” Nevin wrote in his Chelsea official website column.

“What is noticeable about the Blues’ form is it has been steady throughout and injuries have been minimal of late, and most of us looking at the bench aren’t exactly living in fear of the odd tweaked hamstring anyway. The back-up is phenomenal. Indeed it is almost offensive to call the likes of Cesc, Willian, Pedro and JT back-up players when they don’t start. Cesc is playing some of the best football he has ever played but can’t get a start every week.

“Also, on their current form, where else would Willian and Pedro be lying in bed the night before the game wondering if they will be starting the next day? There are only a very few teams on the planet where that would be the case. Keeping them hungry and happy(ish) is the difficulty but Antonio is doing a great job in that area this season.”

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