EPL: Why Chelsea are not title challengers yet - Sarri

Jack Wilshere

Arsenal showed character to respond before half-time after Henrikh Mkhitaryan halved the deficit before Iwobi levelled with a clinical finish high into the roof of the net.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits they've endured a hard preseason.

Arsenal have finished outside the Premier League's top four in the last two season to miss out on Champions League football.

"We are not title challengers, not in this moment", Mirror quoted Sarri as saying at the post-match conference. We have to work, to improve, but in my opinion in two months we can be a very good team.

"I think we have done very well for 75 minutes - 15 minutes at the end of the first half was awful", he said.

It was important for me after three years without continuity of play in Madrid, to find a team and coach that want me, and that happened in Chelsea.

Chelsea beat City to the signing of Jorginho to reunite the Italian worldwide with Sarri after three seasons together at Napoli and he is already becoming key to Sarri's change of system at Stamford Bridge. "We moved the ball very quickly, fast, we played vertical balls and we did really very well".

"The defensive phase is about the team".

The win makes it two defeats out of two for Emery, with the Arsenal defence needing major work, while Granit Xhaka continues to labour in midfield.

"Inside there were 15 minutes that were frightful. But I'm happy here", he told RMC Sport after the 3-2 win over Arsenal.

Eden Hazard started on the bench for Chelsea again on Saturday, but came on in the second half with devastating impact.

"It is better to be on the pitch than watching on the bench, but the boys when they are playing they did well so I am just happy for the win", he said.

However, Chelsea want Loftus-Cheek to stay and fight for his place despite the player being upset at being dropped from the squad. And now Mourinho is said to be adamant that Martial should leave before the European transfer window closes, but Woodward is keen to hold on unless they can get some serious money for the Frenchman.

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