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Chelsea managed to finish third in the Premier League last season, two points clear of the fifth-placed Gunners, but the Blues have lost top-scorer Eden Hazard to Real Madrid ahead of the new season.
Chelsea struggled for most part of the second half of last season and was stuck in 6th at one point, but ended up overtaking Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham to finish third.
Despite being without Hazard next season, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Chelsea still have a better squad than Arsenal and expects the Blues to have a better season than the Gunners.
“Frank has got, and he’s fortunate in the fact that a lot of people are saying ‘well you’ve lost Eden Hazard and it’s a bleaker picture, but he’s got a squad full of internationals at all different ages,” Cascarino said on talkSPORT.
“Whether they’re young, whether they’re senior, he’s got internationals in every position, so that’s a big plus.
“He’s got a better squad than Arsenal so he’s going to have to be expected to finish in front of Arsenal.
“You could argue the top four, where people are looking and going ‘oh well, maybe they won’t get in it, they may have to sacrifice this season, I don’t believe Chelsea Football Club will do that.
“If you go through their team and you go from the goalkeeper, Kepa, decent keeper.
“Then you go right-back, [Cesar] Azpilicueta, good defender, [Antonio] Rudiger, good defender.
“David Luiz has his moments but is still a very fine, experienced defender.
“Then go through their team and we look at [N’Golo] Kante in midfield, you can’t get a better holding midfielder than him and it just goes on and on and on with Chelsea.
“So to make too many excuses before you get to the end of the season and say ‘well this was always going to be a transitional year’…
“Yes we all understand that Liverpool and Man City are quite clearly a long way in front of the rest.”