Florent Malouda warns Chelsea Sunday's clash with Arsenal will be far harder than last year

29 September 2010 09:16
Florent Malouda has warned Chelsea that Arsenal are a far superior side to the one so easily swatted away twice last season. [LNB]On Tuesday the Blues returned to winning ways after last weekend's loss at Manchester City and, following the 2-0 win over Marseille, thought immediately turned to Sunday's crunch Premier League showdown. [LNB]Chelsea left Arsenal battered and bruised both home and away on route to the Double last season, scoring five goals without replay in two games. [LNB] Les Bleus: Florent Malouda helped Chelsea to a Champions League win over Marseille[LNB]And despite the Gunners' own weekend humbling at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, Malouda is convinced they will present a serious threat to Chelsea. [LNB]'It will not be easy because Arsenal is a big opponent, even better than last year,' the Frenchman said. [LNB]'For us it is important to try and start the game like we did against Marseille. We must impose a high energy rate and try to push them into making mistakes.'[LNB]Sunday's clash is the last before players join up with their international team-mates for another round of European Championship qualifiers. [LNB] Rout: Didier Drogba scored four times in two appearances against Arsenal last season[LNB]Malouda was handed the French captaincy during the previous international break and he is delighted to rejoin his team-mates with bragging rights following Tuesday's win against the French champions.[LNB]He said: 'Of course, I was up against a few team-mates from the France team against Marseille. If I wanted to have a quiet international week, it was better to win.'[LNB]France take on Romania and Luxembourg.[LNB] Champions League live: Chelsea 2 Marseille 0 and Partizan Belgrade 1 Arsenal 3 - as it happenedHe's a great keeper! Wenger heaps praise on stand-in FabianskiChelsea skipper John Terry admits Blues had one eye on Arsenal clash after Champions League win over MarseilleARSENAL FC

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