EPL You only defeated Chelsea’s second team, stop rejoicing – Rio Ferdinand tells Arsenal. Arsenal should hold their celebration over their Sunday Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge in check, according to Premier League veteran Rio Ferdinand.
Ferdinand said that Arsenal just defeated Chelsea’s “B squad.”
On Sunday, Mikel Arteta’s team won the London derby between the two dominant Premier League teams 1-0, returning the Gunners to the top of the standings after the league’s first 13 games.
Graham Potter used a back four of Cesar Azpilicueta, Trevoh Chalobah, Thiago Silva, and Marc Cucurella in a 4-2-3-1 system, with Edouard Mendy in goal.
The holding midfielders were Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Jorginho, and the three up forward were Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, and Mason Mount.
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang participated on loan.
The strength of the Chelsea team that faced the Gunners on Sunday did not persuade Ferdinand.
“Look at the opponent you [Arsenal] were playing, it wasn’t even their first team,” he said in his YouTube podcast.
It wasn’t their starting lineup, but I was still pleased. At the moment, Kepa [Arrizabalaga] is the top goalkeeper.
“There are six players who all [typically] start: [Reece] James, [Ben] Chilwell, [Kalidou] Koulibaly, [Wesley] Fofana, and [N’Golo] Kante.
It was their B team, or second squad. Six starters were benched!