–Ex-Manchester United player declares
Former England and Manchester United defender Gary Neville has said that Nigeria international, John Obi Mikel made Chelsea stronger and sterner when he cames on in the 2-0 win against Arsenal.
Chelsea won the game after goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa and they gave a very assured defensive display.
Neville, who was speaking on Sky sports after the game, said that he believed the Blues were in total control of the match and that although Arsenal played well he never thought they would win.
The former defender turned pundit also added that he thought Chelsea always had an extra gear in their locker as well as having additional strength if they needed it in the form of Mikel.
“I didn’t think Arsenal played badly – I thought they started the game well, as Jose Mourinho said – but you never felt Chelsea were in danger of not winning,” he said.
“You always felt Chelsea had a gear to go up to if they needed to, while John Obi Mikel cames on in the second half and they seemed to get stronger and sterner.
“The big moments were taken by Chelsea – Hazard got the penalty with a great run and then the combination between Cesc Fabregas and Costa in the second half was a fantastic goal”, he added.
He finally concluded that Chelsea are at a higher level than Arsenal.