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Arteta: 'Chelsea are a terrific team'

Newly appointed Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is wary of facing Chelsea tomorrow despite Chelsea's recent poor form. Arteta began hi...

Newly appointed Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta is wary of facing Chelsea tomorrow despite Chelsea's recent poor form.

Arteta began his reign with a one-all draw against Bournemouth on Boxing Day while Chelsea lost at home to Southampton the same day, but the former Manchester City assistant manager isn't taking Chelsea lightly.

"I know they lost at home again, but they are a terrific team. It will be a really good test for us" the Spaniard said.

"I think energy is everything, in life, in football and sports, and if we are able to generate this [against Chelsea] it will give us a lift," said Arteta.

"I was really pleased how the fans treated the players [at Bournemouth] and I was happy that the players went to see the fans after the game as well because we need that connection.

"Slowly we need to build that back to what it was because it's going to be very powerful for us to use that."

The Blues head into Sunday's game following a disappointing 2-0 loss to Southampton on Thursday.

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