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Chelsea tipped to beat Arsenal in convincing win by Blues legend

Marcel Desailly has tipped a resurgent Chelsea to beat Arsenal when the two sides go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The French World Cup winner spent six years at the west London club between 1998 and 2004 and has since kept close tabs on his former employers.

Chelsea legend Desailly has tipped Chelsea to upset Arsenal in this weekend's Premier League clash

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Chelsea legend Desailly has tipped Chelsea to upset Arsenal in this weekend’s Premier League clashCredit: Getty
Pochettino appears to be getting his message across to his expensively-assembled squad

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Pochettino appears to be getting his message across to his expensively-assembled squadCredit: AFP
Arsenal head to the bridge off the back of a 1-0 win over title rivals Manchester City

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Arsenal head to the bridge off the back of a 1-0 win over title rivals Manchester CityCredit: Getty

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have shown signs of finding their feet in recent weeks with morale-boosting back-to-back wins against Burnley and Fulham, prior to the international break.

But bigger tests await, starting with Arsenal’s visit to Stamford Bridge this weekend before a mammoth sequence of games against Tottenham, Manchester City, Newcastle, Brighton and Manchester United.

However, Desailly isn’t looking too far into the future and believes his former side can spring a surprise against Mikel Arteta’s high flyers.

“It looks impossible, but I’ll go for a 3-1 win. I’ll go for 3-1 Chelsea. Why not?,” Desailly told Gambling Zone.

“This is the beauty of the Premier League. As soon as a team has a mental drop and isn’t ready for the intensity of a match, they can lose. When Arsenal players arrive at Chelsea, they may believe that it won’t be as difficult as it would at Tottenham, City, or eventually, Man United.

“The spirit of [Sir Alex] Ferguson is still there. Those kinds of stadiums get players ready for the battle. When teams come to Chelsea, they’ll think they can win, despite how talented their players are. The mental preparation will automatically drop, even if you try to control it.”

The Frenchman believes that a win for Pochettino’s side this weekend could be a season-defining one and the catalyst to get Chelsea’s stuttering season back on track.

“All of what I said about Chelsea before can be brushed away if Chelsea beat Arsenal!,” he added. “A victory won’t just mean three points, it’ll also mean you’ve been physically, technically, and tactically superior to Arsenal. That’ll give the players a lot of belief, and Pochettino can build on that.

Chelsea have shown signs of improvement in their last two league outings

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Chelsea have shown signs of improvement in their last two league outingsCredit: Getty

“Everyone now knows that Arsenal are a part of the great teams in the Premier League, and Chelsea will know how important the psychological aspects of the game are. I do believe Chelsea can win, even if it’s Arsenal. I’m not taking away from Arsenal’s level, but Chelsea can win and build up from there.”

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