Szczesny admits 'brilliant' Chelsea are title favourites

The goalkeeper concedes his team-mates faced “a very strong” side at Stamford Bridge but maintains the Gunners’ start to the season has been solid despite the 2-0 loss on Sunday

Wojciech Szczesny admits Arsenal were beaten by “brilliance” from Chelsea and believes Jose Mourinho’s side are favourites to win the title this season.

Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa sealed a 2-0 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday which keeps them five points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have registered just two wins in the Premier League this term and are already nine points behind Chelsea after seven games played.

“I thought it was a very even game but Chelsea have an ability to keep clean sheets at home and I thought they were very good, they took their chances with two brilliant moments,” Szczesny told reporters.

“One, the brilliant run from [Eden] Hazard that led to the penalty. On the second goal, the ball from Cesc [Fabregas] and the finish. Sometimes you’ve got to take your hat off to the brilliance of the opposition.

“We’ve had a tough run so far. But I’d like to think that our start has been solid, not as good as we expected from ourselves but I believe that, after the international break, we can push on and get more points.

“You can’t say we’ve played badly against Chelsea, it’s just that we’ve come up against a very strong side, probably the favourites to win the Premier League at this point.”

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