ARSENAL STARS NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO PLAY FOR SARRI’S CHELSEA

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According to Jamie Redknapp, not one of Arsenal’s first team stars would make it into Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea team.

“Arsenal may have shown fight to battle back against Chelsea but their 3-2 loss only papers over the cracks,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“Looking at the Arsenal team, not one of their players would get in Maurizio Sarri’s best XI. At the heart of defence, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis don’t look a partnership.

“At full back, Cesar Azpilicueta is both more solid defensively and more creative in attack than Hector Bellerin while Marcos Alonso has been impressive since his debut in 2016.

“Kepa Arrizabalaga could have done better with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first goal but I would rather have a young goalkeeper who is confident playing out from the back than Petr Cech, who is struggling. There was no contest between the two midfield enforcers.

“Jorginho looks every bit the midfield general, pulling the strings and dictating play. Granit Xhaka’s booking summed him up. He always gets to the tackle just too late and does not possess the quality of past Arsenal midfielders.

“Mkhitaryan was the only player Chelsea found it difficult to keep a lid on but he would not play in Sarri’s side ahead of Eden Hazard.

“Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the player who would get closest to this team. He will be a star but when given two big chances on Saturday, he froze.”

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