As Jermaine Pennant claims Stamford Bridge has lost its fear factor ahead of a Premier League showdown, Jamie O’Hara claims that Thiago Silva is the only Chelsea player to make it into the Arsenal team.
The London rivals square off on Sunday at Stamford Bridge, with the visitors hoping to improve their chances of winning the Premier League crown.
Commenting live on talkSPORT No one, according to O’Hara, is currently up to par, save from the highly regarded defenser, and that Arsenal are the superior team as Chelsea sit sixth in the rankings heading into the weekend. At center-back, Silva would partner with
William Saliba in place of Gabriel Magalhaes, but O’Hara emphasized that Reece James would also make the team if he was fit.
“You can’t say Havertz because for me [Gabriel] Jesus is way better,” O’Hara explained.
“Out of Mason Mount and Gabriel Martinelli, at the moment I’m taking Martinelli, Bukayo Saka over Raheem Sterling. Martin Odegaard, who gets in ahead of him? He’s fantastic.
“Cesar Azpilicueta has been a fantastic player over the years but I think Ben White is ahead of him right now.
“Everyone’s talking about Chelsea, who have spent a lot of money, £275million. They should be challenging for the title.
“I look at Arsenal’s team and it’s a better side. Arsenal have got to take great confidence going into the weekend.”
The former Gunner Jermaine Pennant thinks a trip to Stamford Bridge isn’t as daunting as it used to be despite O’Hara’s claim that Mikel Arteta’s team will not have an easy run in west London.
“I don’t think Stamford Bridge is as tough as it once was,” Pennant said. “I’d have loved to have played there now. There’s no Ashley Cole charging me down and putting me in Row Z for starters!
“I don’t think it’s as scary a place as it once was.
“With the players that are in the team now you don’t go there thinking ‘Ohhh, I fear him. This is going to be a tough game.’
“It was a horrible place to go to.”
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O’Hara added: “You are right in what you say. It’s like Manchester United back in the day, you just wanted to keep it down to three or four.
“You go to Chelsea and you’re going to fancy yourselves. You’re going to fancy your chances.”
Graham Potter’s men will want to get one over their London rivals and also stay in touch with the top four as the high-flying Gunners have dropped just five points so far this season.