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Arsenal defender Rob Holding has said that he doesn’t see Chelsea as a club to look up to despite the Blues’ success and Arsenal’s recent woes.
The fortunes of Chelsea and Arsenal have been very different over the last few years, and last season, the gulf in class was evident between the two teams.
Chelsea sealed a top four finish, reached the FA Cup final and also won the Champions League. Arsenal on the other struggled yet again as they failed to seal a place in Europe.
Despite this, Holding has said he sees Chelsea more as a rival club than a club to look up to.
“I see Chelsea as a competitive rival for us,” Holding said in an interview with The Guardian.
“I don’t see them as a team we aspire to be like, and I don’t think they see us that way either. There’s a mutual respect between us and a recent history with FA Cup finals and playing each other in big games.
“I don’t think that, because they won the Champions League, we need to be more like Chelsea.
“Our results and league position need to improve, of course, but when we play each other it’s competitive.
“We’ve got to be aiming to get back in the Champions League.
“With no Europe this season we’ve got no distractions or fixture congestion and can really focus on our Premier League games.
“I think Liverpool did the same a few years ago, and Chelsea similarly when they won the league in Antonio Conte’s first year. So it can be a blessing in disguise in some aspects.
“We’ve just got to think of it that way and hit the ground running.”