Jamie Carragher says Mikel Arteta tried to stop two Chelsea players getting on the ball

Jamie Carrahger claims that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta set his team out to try stop Chelsea duo Kai Havertz and Mason Mount getting possession on Sunday. 

Chelsea picked up three points at the weekend with an impressive 2-0 away win during their short trip across London to the Emirates Stadium. 

Romelu Lukaku scored on his second debut for the Blues. Also, Reece James netted a thunderbolt in the Premier League fixture. 

Pundit Carragher has discussed in analysis of the game that Arsenal should have been setting up to try prevent the service into centre-forward Romelu Lukaku. However, he believes the Gunners tactics were to stop Chelsea attackers Havertz and Mount get on the ball.

“The plan was never to stop the ball going into Lukaku. How do we stop the ball going into Havertz? How do we stop the ball going into Mount?” Carrahger told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football (7:23pm, 24 August).


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Front three at Chelsea will run through teams

With Thomas Tuchel sorting out the defence during his time as Chelsea manager, his attention should now be on improving the team’s attack.

There is no doubt that the signing of Lukaku gives the Blues a new dynamic in attack. 

If an opposition tries to pin down Lukaku they may leave space open for No.10s Havertz and Mount to cause damage behind him. Vice versa if they focus on the creative playmakers. 

There is also the opportunity for Tuchel to rotate his attackers to keep it fresh throughout the course of the season. The likes of Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will be desperate to get on the pitch.

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