Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock has claimed that Chelsea need to treat new manager Graham Potter in the same way Arsenal did with Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners have been in sensational form this season, sitting top of the league with one third of the season completed.

The distance they have come as a team was on full display this weekend at Stamford Bridge.

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Arteta’s side picked up a 1-0 win over the Blues, although their performance showed the level they are at compared to their London rivals.

Warnock says Potter needs time

Potter did not escape questioning for his part in the damning defeat, with him now facing back-to-back defeats in the Premier League.

Warnock has leapt to the defence of the manager, referencing the amount of time Arteta has been handed at the Emirates.

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He said: ‘It’s going to take time to get that onto the pitch. I think he’s right in what he says, Arsenal are way ahead of Chelsea, because of the work and time that Mikel Arteta’s had with the squad. I think early on in his tenure with Arsenal, we wondered where it was going and if he had the players to play the way he wants to play. Now he’s got better players come in, it’s working.

“Graham Potter will be thinking exactly the same. He’ll have ideas in his head, but he’s got to get them across to the players. They will need to understand what’s being asked of them, and the way he likes to play with the changes of formation as it goes, the players will need to understand that as well.”

With the money and reported time spent highlighting Potter as the option Todd Boehly wanted to bring in, it is more likely that he may break the trend of manager’s being sacked quickly at Stamford Bridge.

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