London - Chelsea defender Gary Cahill feels Arsenal could
mount a strong challenge for the Premier League title, following the champions'
1-0 defeat to their bitter rivals in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
"They've started well, they've got a good squad and I
think they'll be one of many pushing at the top this season," the
29-year-old was quoted as saying on Chelsea's website (www.chelseafc.com).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal after 24 minutes was enough
to seal a first win in 14 attempts for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger against
counterpart Jose Mourinho.
But according to Cahill, there was not much to choose
between the London rivals.
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"Let's be fair, the game's been won on a piece of
individual play to smash it in the top corner, but chance-wise we had the
majority of the play," the England defender said.
"I think in terms of possession we had the majority of
the game but it's the scoreline that matters and we're disappointed with
that," he added.
Wenger also gave an Arsenal debut to Chelsea legend Petr
Cech, who switched between the clubs during the summer.
"He was part of the fixtures and fittings at Chelsea so
it's strange that he's now left, but he's a good guy, a fantastic goalkeeper,
and last season we were blessed to have two of the best goalkeepers in the
game," Cahill said.
Chelsea won the title in May with a commanding lead of eight
points over second-placed Manchester City and are the bookies' favourites to
retain the trophy when the new season kicks off on Saturday.
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