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Kanu: Arsenal Can Beat Chelsea At Stamford Bridge

Kanu: Arsenal Can Beat Chelsea At Stamford Bridge

Nigeria legend Nwanwko Kanu believes Arsenal have what it takes to beat Chelsea inSaturday's lunchtime London derby at Stamford Bridge.

 

Kanu featured for Arsenal in several games against Chelsea during his five year spell at the club but the former Nigeria skipper will be remembered for his memorable hat trick against Chelsea in 1999.

 

The 40 year old admits that the pressure is on the Gunners to get the desired result against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge following their defeat at home by Watford in their previous fixture. 

 

"The pressure is now on the whole team to go and get a result because that is a crucial game for them," Kanu tells The Mirror.

 

"They have to do whatever they have to do to get it.

 

"Chelsea must be good to be where they are, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go and get something. Now it is for the Arsenal players to show what they are made of."

 

Kanu also reckons that the hat trick he scored against Chelsea in 1999 was his best ever.

 

He states: "You live with that. If you ask me the greatest goal I have ever scored, that is what I would say."

 

The former Inter Milan and Ajax star also notes that over reliance on individuals has hampered Arsenal's progress in recent years.

 

"When I was at Arsenal, everybody in the team was a winner. We were all captains. We didn’t look up to one player," he says. 

 

"There was a mixture between the old and young, and people like Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira pushed everyone. We had leaders and we had the heart.

 

"From then, something has been missing, and that something is why they have not been winning leagues. When we were playing and went to a team, no matter who you are, we get a result. We could grind out games.”

 

Chelsea lost 3-0 to Arsenal in the reverse fixture at the Emirates earlier in the season, but are now nine points clear of the Gunners.

 

And Antonio Conte's Chelsea have transformed since they were hammered 3-0 at the Emirates in September. They have won 15 of their recent 17 games. 

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