Ferdinand makes Chelsea vs Arsenal prediction ahead of crucial clash

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Rio Ferdinand speaks about Arsenal

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand doubts Arsenal can pick up a result on the road at Chelsea on Wednesday night.

The Gunners looked in control of the race to finish fourth in the Premier League a few weeks ago but they dropped to sixth over the weekend after losing to Southampton 1-0.

Defeat to the Saints was their third consecutive loss and their fourth in their last five Premier League matches.

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If they beat Chelsea on Wednesday then Arsenal will be level on points with fourth-placed Tottenham but Antonio Conte’s men have a much better goal difference as it stands.

Chesea are in decent form in the Premier League despite their heavy 4-1 defeat to Brentford a couple of weeks ago at Stamford Bridge.

And Ferdinand can’t see Arsenal getting a much-needed victory at the Blues in a “massive game”.

“Chelsea have got Arsenal… Massive game,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“Can Arsenal turn it around? I don’t know, it’s been a bad couple of games for them. Chelsea look to be back in form, got themselves in the final. Wow, I don’t see Arsenal getting a result there.”

Meanwhile, former England international Danny Mills has told Arsenal to adapt to each game if Mikel Arteta’s tactics aren’t working out during a match.

Mills told Football Insider: “When we talk about leaders, it’s players with a voice, influence and experience. So when things aren’t quite working on the pitch, whatever the manager’s instructions are, you’re not a robot and you can change.

“Football is one of the most fluids games. You can have a game plan but it might change, it’s not stop-start, you can’t reset every two minutes.

“If things aren’t going your way you need players to be adaptable, to adjust to certain situations and tell their teammates to adjust and do things a different way.

“If you don’t have that ability within players and they constantly look to the bench then there’s an old saying, if you’re looking at the bench then you should be on it.”