Sarri lays into Arsenal’s woeful season as he defends his Chelsea record

The Italian is unhappy with the criticism levelled at the Blues this season, which has led to speculation he could be sacked.

And he feels the Gunners should be getting equal criticism having endured a similar campaign.

Both sides are locked on 50 points in the Premier League – Unai Emery's side are ahead in 5th on goals scored – while the pair are into the Europa League last-16.

Arsenal overturned a one-goal deficit against BATE Borisov to progress from the last-32 while Chelsea overcame Malmo.

The London duo were each knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United.

Sarri's side crashed out in the fifth round on Monday, but Arsenal were castled in the fourth.

The only tangible difference between the two seasons is Chelsea's passage to the Carabao Cup final, where they face Manchester City on Sunday at Wembley.

Arsenal only managed to reach the quarter-finals after being knocked-out by North London neighbours Tottenham.

Reports are rife that Sarri could be dismissed as early as next week if City humiliate Chelsea again, like they did in the Premier League earlier this month.

He told the media after the 3-0 win over Malmo: "I am not interested, to be honest.

"I have to think of my work as a big picture issue, otherwise I’d do my work badly.

"So I continue along my path and nothing has changed, as far as I am concerned.

"I keep hearing people praise Arsenal’s season, but they are not in the cup final, they have fewer points than us in the Premier League and reached the last 16 of the Europa League just like us.

"I don’t understand why people act as if our season is so negative and Arsenal’s is impressive.

"It’s true there have been many peaks and troughs, including some very deep troughs, but considering it’s my first season in a new league and environment, I think that’s acceptable.

"I did take over a team that finished fifth with 70 points."

The stinging criticism of Arsenal harks back to the days of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger's spell at opposite ends of the capital.

The coaches used to regularly joust in the media, with Frenchman Wenger slamming Mourinho's disregard of English players and his negative tactics.

In turn, the Portuguese coach labelled his Arsenal counterpart a "voyeur" for his regular commentary on Chelsea and a "specialist in failure" after failing to build on his impressive start to life in English football.

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