Joe Cole is sure that “Chelsea is the most successful team in the English Premier League,” and he predicts that the Blues will pass Arsenal, who are now leading the league, “very soon.”
Joe Cole expressed his admiration for Mikel Arteta and his style of play in preparation for the Sunday derby. But he was very clear that he believed Chelsea was “a level above” Arsenal.
On Sunday, Mikel Arteta will lead the league leaders to Stamford Bridge in a match that will be especially exciting because Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be playing against his former club.
Ahead of the game, Joe Cole has expressed his support for Todd Boehly, the club’s new owner, saying the 49-year-old was laying the “foundations” for the team’s long-term success.
Arsenal, the west Londoners have won 19 major trophies since their last championship in 2004, including five Premier League crowns.
While Arsenal is enjoying a strong season at the top of the Premier League, the Blues are undergoing a complete rebuild under new owner Todd Boehly and manager Graham Potter.
Despite Arteta’s recent success, Joe Cole is certain that the Blues will soon return to their previous level of dominance.
Joe Cole told The Sun that we must pay close attention to what is occurring at Arsenal since so far nothing has paid off. Arsenal holds itself to a high standard.
“I like what they’re doing,” he said. “I haven’t stated this in a long time, but I like watching Arsenal play. I enjoy Mikel Arteta’s work, and how he organizes the team and the young players.
“With their high standards, Arsenal hasn’t yet accomplished much, but they’re moving in the right direction. Over the past 20 years, Chelsea has fought at a different level of difficulty. We must state that.
“Over the past 20 years, Chelsea has had the greatest success of any team in the nation. I still believe Chelsea can outperform Arsenal and soon surpass them.”
Cole continued by talking about Boehly, who succeeded Roman Abramovich as the owner of the Chelsea Football Club. Joe Cole, a Chelsea player during the Abramovich period, deemed the shift in tact positive.
The American billionaire, according to him, has been making “so many great moves” and is laying the groundwork for Chelsea’s long-term success.
The long-term objective for Boehly and the rest of the ownership group is to overtake the Manchester City powerhouse. Chelsea may be trying to surprise Arsenal this weekend.
For the visit of Arsenal, Chelsea will be missing both of its starting wingbacks, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell, with Potter receiving some criticism for the latter’s injury.
Joe Cole has justified Potter’s team selection and believes the left-back likely needed playing time against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night. The match was essentially a dead rubber because Chelsea had already won the group.