Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium later today, Arsenal boss Unai Emery has warned his players about the threat of Eden Hazard, whom he rates as one of the top five in the world.
Emery said: “He has been the difference in a lot of matches. We need to concentrate on all of their players and not let them play against us with their personality.
“Hazard is one of the top five players in the world.”
Emery also fears defeat to Chelsea would end his side’s chances of a top-four finish.
Arsenal would fall nine points behind fourth-placed Chelsea if they lose to the Blues at the Emirates later today and when asked if that would be too much of a deficit, Emery said: “I think yes. On Saturday we play with all we can against them.
“After our loss to West Ham it is a big difference to be six points behind Chelsea instead of three, but the next match is against Chelsea and the opportunity we have is to be closer to them.”
Arsenal have suffered three defeats in their six Premier League games and every Chelsea fan would be expecting a victory for the Blues later today at the Emirates Stadium.
The Blues won the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge 3-2 in what was a thrilling encounter between the two sides back in August and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he’s expecting a risky game against an Arsenal side who are good in the attacking phase.
“This match is for us a risk and an opportunity,” Sarri said.
“It is a risk of course because Arsenal are doing well at home so it is a very difficult and dangerous for us, and it is also a great opportunity for us.
“The match is very important but very difficult because they are a very good team, and in the offensive phase they are one the best teams in the Premier League.”
“In August (against Arsenal), it was a different match,” Sarri added.
“They have changed it in the last seven or eight matches but we learned that they have really very dangerous movements in the offensive phase without the ball, especially when our full-back is out of the line to cover the ball, so we have to be careful and we worked on this during the week.
“I think we can be dangerous against this opponent but we have to defend with a very high level of application and attention for 95 minutes.”