Chelsea’s Gary Cahill agreed that, after our 1-0 win over the Blues in the Community Shield, Arsenal could be in with a chance of winning the Premier League but Chelsea were stronger on the day.
Following our victory, the defender revealed that he didn’t believe there was much between the two London teams and, if anything, Chelsea were the stronger team, but Arsenal would at least be challenging next season.
“They’ve started well, they’ve got a good squad and I think they’ll be one of many pushing at the top this season,” he said.
However, that’s where the praise stopped, the centre-back continued, “Let’s be fair, the game’s been won on a piece of individual play to smash it in the top corner, but chance-wise we had the majority of the play.”
He went on, “I think in terms of possession we had the majority of the game but it’s the scoreline that matters and we’re disappointed with that.”
Cahill is right. Chelsea did have 57% of the possession. However, we also had the majority of shots on target.
When asked about seeing his former teammate, Petr Cech, playing for the opposition, he said, “He was part of the fixtures and fittings at Chelsea so it’s strange that he’s now left, but he’s a good guy, a fantastic goalkeeper, and last season we were blessed to have two of the best goalkeepers in the game.”
Cahill has featured for Chelsea 159 times since he joined from Bolton in 2012 and has become one of their most solids players. Although he’s speaking as if he doesn’t see us as a genuine threat, the result says otherwise.