Alan Shearer’s new Arsenal relegation view as changes made for Chelsea triumph

Alan Shearer has given a new verdict on Arsenal’s chances of getting relegated, following their surprise win over Chelsea.

The Gunners pulled off an incredible 3-1 win over their London rivals to push six points clear of the bottom three.

It was their first league win in seven games, a run of form which saw the Premier League’s all-time top scorer

When asked on Match of the Day before Christmas about the north London side’s chances of facing the drop, Shearer said: “I wouldn't be so sure. Not with that starting team and the attitude of some of those players.”

But the former forward had a different take after Mikel Arteta’s first league win since the start of November.

Host Gary Lineker said to the Newcastle legend: “You told me a couple of weeks ago that Arsenal might be relegated, would you like to take that back now?”

And he replied: “Well they might have been if he [Arteta] had kept the same team.

“I know some of his changes were forced on him today because of illness or injury but Arteta made six changes.

“He had to after recent performances. They worked so hard and they were better all over the pitch than Chelsea. They were tight at the back, solid in midfield and creative up top.”

While Arsenal’s win did not change their league position on Boxing Day, it brought a relieved reaction from Arteta at full time.

Speaking to Sky Sports , the Gunners boss said: “It's a really big win for us.

“We were really disappointed with the results – not so much the performances. Our players were suffering, our fans were suffering.

“It doesn't get any better than winning a London derby against Chelsea on Boxing Day. Hopefully this is a turning point. I know they can play at this level.

“We know how good Chelsea are but big moments in the game we were the better team.

“The injuries, the Covid, playing 10 men…you start to think what do we need to win a match.”

But it may still not be enough to keep Arteta in the job as the north London pursue former Blues boss Rafa Benitez.

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