Eden Hazard can become best in the world, says Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri

Ross Houston
August 18, 2018

"For Arsenal, surely Emery has to go more defensive, but who bites the dust to do that?"

Thibaut Courtois has already moved from west London to Madrid and remarked that it would be "fantastic" if his Belgium team-mate could join him at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Sarri has indicated that he is calm when it comes to his star's future. I want us to continue with this work and to be completive for 90 minutes, but with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively.

First-year manager Unai Emery suffered a loss in the season opener with Arsenal struggling throughout its contest against Manchester City. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. "I want consistency", said Emery on Thursday.

Chelsea snatched all three points in the final 10 minutes, however, with Marcos Alonso scoring the decisive fifth goal following some good play from substitute Eden Hazard out wide.

Alvaro Morata would have left Chelsea this summer had the club received a suitable bid for the Spanish forward.

Arsenal look more incisive and better equipped to break down stubborn defenses than they did in the past. Eden can improve. We are talking about one of the most important players in Europe now but, in my opinion, he can improve more.

The 29-year-old as now played four games against the traditional "big-five" in the Premier League and he has drawn a blank each time, most recently in the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend.

Here's all you need to know about Saturday's showdown at Stamford Bridge.

The sense this was a match featuring two teams who don't quite have a grasp of their new managers' intentions increased when Arsenal suddenly fought back in a freaky first half, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi making it 2-2 before half-time. They can be, for us, a direct opponent for the target of the club this season. "He is working very well, he played well in pre-season, too, but he has to wait for his chance to arrive". A direct opponent for a place in the Champions League.

Eventually Chelsea figured this out but Arsenal showed enough to suggest they can go toe-to-toe with the best attacking teams in the Premier League. "We can improve and we need to improve playing in the hard games", Emery concluded.

TV channel and live streaming: The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport and BT Sport 2.

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