Wojciech Szczesny has admitted Arsenal were beaten by the ‘brilliance’ of Chelsea in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Eden Hazard opened the scoring from the spot before Diego Costa coolly converted a smart through ball from former Gunner Cesc Fabregas.
The victory puts the Blues five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, and nine points better off than Arsene Wenger’s side, but Szczesny remains upbeat.
“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.”
Arsenal have already faced Everton, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea in the league this season and remained unbeaten before Sunday’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
“We’ve had a tough run so far,” Szczesny added. “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.”