Michael Owen and Joe Cole explain why players would rather join Chelsea than Arsenal


Chelsea and Arsenal are both underperforming at the moment. 

The Blues are still reeling from a 6-0 humiliation at Manchester City last weekend, while The Gunners suffered a shock defeat to BATE Borisov on Thursday evening. 

Managers Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery are both said to be feeling the pressure after making almost identical starts to their tenures in London. 

Arsenal and Chelsea are level on points in the Premier League but as if that wasn't similar enough, they also have the exact same goal difference too. 

On top of that, they're both competing in the Europa League and at this moment in time, appear to offer quite similar experiences to their players. 

But, according to Michael Owen and Joe Cole, there's one club that is still far more appealing than the other - and they believe current players would be drawn to Chelsea over Arsenal. 


"Chelsea and Arsenal are virtually mirror image," Owen said while covering the Europa League on BT Sport last night, per the Mirror.

"They're on the same points in the Premier League, on the same goal difference in the Premier League, and in the same round of the Europa League.

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"It's pretty much a level playing field, but which team would you prefer to play for?

"Which team do you look at and go, wow what players, a good team? Everyone says Chelsea are under a big cloud, but I’d prefer Chelsea every day of the week over Arsenal."

Following on from that point, Joe Cole, who was sat alongside Owen, explained why a move to Chelsea should still appeal to current players. 



"Because the expectation is that they (Chelsea) have always got to be there (competing for titles), which Chelsea have been for the last 20 years," the former Blues winger explained. 

"With Arsenal, they’re probably not going to win anything, they’re in a ten-year transitional period. Chelsea demand to win things.

"If you’re a player, you’d much rather move to Chelsea than Arsenal, there’s a better quality of player there and you’ve got more chance of winning things."

So, despite struggling under Sarri this season, two former Premier League stars believe that Chelsea are still a more appealing club than Arsenal. 

But whether their feelings are shared by current players will only be seen in the next transfer window, when the Blues will undoubtedly try to strengthen their squad. 

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