Mikel Arteta: Chelsea deserve to be in a much higher position in the league

Arteta during the pre-match conference for the clash against Chelsea

Mikel Arteta: Chelsea deserve to be in a much higher position in the league

Kolawole Babatunde 21:34 - 22.04.2024

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, believes Chelsea deserves to be above where they currently are on the Premier League table.

While the Gunners are involved in a title race with Liverpool and Manchester City, their London rivals Chelsea, have endured another poor season despite investing a lot of money in the squad. 

However, Arteta believes the Blues are a much better side than what their current position on the table suggests.

“I think what Mauricio is doing is really impressive” - Arteta 

Speaking ahead of the clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates, Arteta addressed several questions including his thoughts about how well the Blues have improved.

“Huge improvements. I think they deserve to be in a much higher position in the league, when you look at what they’ve done and what they’ve produced in games – they have reached a final, they have reached a semi-final, they could have been through”, he said.

“I think what Mauricio is doing is really impressive, so I’m sure that he’s going to get them there”, he added. 

Arteta and Pochettino were teammates at PSG during their playing days and have revealed how fond they were of each other back then. 

Arteta with Pochettino for PSG back in 2001. Photo Credit || PSG

Arteta on if he enjoys facing Pochettino:

“Enjoy? I have to play against him, he has to play against me! It’s two huge clubs, a London derby, a massive game for us and we have prepared in the best possible way”, the Arsenal manager responded.

Chelsea are currently ninth on the Premier League table with 47 points after 31 matches, while Arsenal are top of the league with 74 points, having played one more game than defending champions Manchester City. 

A win for the Gunners will see them extend their lead at the top, but the Blues also need maximum points as they could still push for a place in the Europa Conference League next season.