Frank Lampard gives verdict on how good Chelsea really are after Arsenal loss

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted his side have a long way to go if they are to reach the top following defeat to Arsenal.

The Blues were beaten 3-1 at the Emirates for their fourth Premier League defeat of the campaign.

Many had tipped Chelsea as title contenders this season following an impressive year under Lampard last time out.

But the Blues have stuttered in recent weeks and now find themselves six points off leaders Liverpool, who face West Brom on Sunday.

And, after the loss to the out of form Gunners, Lampard acknowledged that there is plenty of work still to be done.

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Lampard told BBC Sport: "In the second half we showed some urgency but it was too late.

“The first half we gave ourselves too much to do, we were very poor. You can't lack energy and desire in the Premier League and we did.

"You can prepare as well as you want but if you turn up like that that's another thing. It's in the mind.

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"If you perform below par things go against you like the Saka goal. That's life. On another day we could have scored the penalty and come back but it's not a day for us.

"The teams that win, win, win relentlessly weren't winning two or three years ago. We are not there yet, that's clear.

“I felt it when we are on our long unbeaten run and I feel it now. We got a lot wrong today."

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Tammy Abraham scored late on for Chelsea before Jorginho missed a stoppage-time penalty that would have made Arsenal nervy.

Lampard added: “Not good enough on the basics – sprints and pressing and running, speed of pass and trying to play and make angles, all the basics were wrong.

“I am not sure if complacency is the right word but there was definitely a lethargic approach to the first half that no matter whether you were playing Arsenal in a tough moment who have got quality players, or any team in the Premier League, you can’t turn up like that.”

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