Gabriel Jesus has suggested that Chelsea are still in a Premier League title race with Arsenal.
As quoted by the Mirror, Jesus claimed that Graham Potter’s side should not be counted out of the top spot just yet.
Based on the current league positions heading into the World Cup, Chelsea challenging for the trophy seems implausible.
Chelsea closer to relegation than the title
After the latest round of fixtures, the Blues dropped down to eighth thanks to defeat at Newcastle United.
Potter’s men have failed to win any of their previous five top flight matches, losing three and scoring just twice in the process.
One of those losses came at home against Arsenal, who continue to make a very real case for becoming champions this season.
Saturday’s evening victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers ensured Mikel Arteta’s team would be first at Christmas.
Brentford beating Manchester City on the same day means there is a five-point gap between Pep Guardiola and his former prodigy.
But whilst it appears it is either City or Arsenal’s crown to lose, Jesus insisted the likes of Chelsea were not to be underestimated.
“We cannot look to others. We know Man City, obviously, I know them more than most people,” said the striker on not letting the concentration fade away.
“But we have to do our job. We know the Premier League is not easy, it is the toughest league in the world.
“It is not only Man City – it is Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea. What can we do? Just focus on ourselves that is all.”
Due to the huge gulf in points and general quality, Arsenal definitely don’t need to be concerned by Chelsea right now.
Only a major swing in fortunes would require Arteta to look nervously in Potter’s direction.
For the league’s sake, we really hope the Blues can bridge the gap and halt the Gunners after the World Cup.