Joe Cole: People don’t expect Arsenal to win trophies – things are different at Chelsea

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The former Blues midfielder was speaking after Arsenal suffered a shock 1-0 Europa League away defeat to BATE Borisov, while Chelsea recovered from their 6-0 Premier League capitulation against Manchester City by beating Malmo 2-1 in Sweden.

The two clubs brought in new managers last summer, Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery respectively, and both have come in for criticism this season.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.