Arsenal legend Paul Merson has warned Chelsea that his former side and Tottenham Hotspur could soon be shooting at them. The Blues suffered a surprise 4-1 defeat by Brentford on Saturday after looking well poised for a third-place finish in the Premier League.
However, the massive defeat at the weekend means they are just five points clear of the Gunners and Spurs, with Arsenal a game in hand. That game will be played tonight when Mikel Arteta’s side travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace as the race for the top four continues.
Merson believes Chelsea need to be careful with the form their two London rivals have been in. He told SkySports (via HITC):
“I think it could all change. Chelsea have a big game against Real Madrid this week. You have to pick yourself up. I just think Chelsea aren’t the same team if they don’t play a back three – that [defeat to Brentford] would have knocked the filling out of them a little. Being beaten 4-1 at home.”
The defeat against the Bees on Saturday was only the fourth defeat that Thomas Tuchel’s team suffered in the league this season. However, Merson believes such a hugely demoralizing loss is putting the pressure on the Blues to secure a top four finish. Tuchel’s side still have to face Arsenal and Manchester United.
“Confidence is lost when you get beaten like that – I expect them to still finish in the top four. In my opinion it would have to be a massive collapse. But if they keep up the kind of performances and are beaten 4-1 by Brentford, it won’t be long before they close that gap.
Could Arsenal and Tottenham oust Chelsea from top 4?
We’re now at the business end of the Premier League season and although we’ve been looking for a place in the top four, the pressure on Chelsea is starting to mount. The loss to Brentford was not just an anomaly, it was a beating that could hurt morale in the dressing room.
With a big Champions League clash with Real Madrid on the horizon, the Blues are still fighting for trophies through the European tournament and the FA Cup.
That’s why Arsenal and Tottenham will lick their lips at the thought of going after Tuchel’s men. Both teams no longer compete in cup competitions. That means they can focus on playing Premier League football for the rest of the season.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-it-change-paul-merson-issues-arsenal-tottenham-warning-chelsea-shock-defeat-brentford?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda ‘Everything could change’ – Paul Merson warns Chelsea of Arsenal and Tottenham after shock defeat by Brentford