Joe Cole on Arsenal and Chelsea comparison

Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole believes Chelsea managers are under more pressure to win trophies than their Arsenal counterparts.

The assertion came after Arsenal’s shocking 1-0 loss to BATE Borisov, while the Blues scored their first away goals in 2019 in a 2-1 win over Malmo in Sweden.

And Cole hinted that out of the two new managers Sarri is more likely to face more scrutiny as he is expected to deliver silverware – unlike Emery.

“Everyone has settled into Arsenal over the last 10-12 years, that it’s ok for Arsenal not to win things,” he told FourFourTwo via BT Sport.

“But with Chelsea when they don’t win – a bit like how Manchester United were when things went bad for them – because the expectations are always there, and they have been with Chelsea over the last 20 years; when they go on a bad run like this it becomes a crisis quicker than it does at Arsenal.

“With Arsenal, people just accept that they’re probably not going to win anything and they’re in this 10-year transitional period.

“But with Chelsea, the pressure is on, the club demands to win things, so I think everyone looks at it in a different way.

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“If you’re a player and you’re going to move to Chelsea or Arsenal now, you’re going to prefer Chelsea because there’s a better quality of players there, a better standard, and you’ll have more chance of winning things.”

Up next for Chelsea is a big showdown in Stamford Bridge against Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth-round tie, while the Gunners are confident of qualifying when the Belarusians return to the Emirates next Thursday.


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