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Arsenal striker Lacazette inferior to 'top drawer' Chelsea rival Morata, says Merson

Arsenal striker Lacazette inferior to 'top drawer' Chelsea rival Morata, says Merson

"The shape goes out of the window and if they let in the first goal it could be anything".

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is "good" but Chelsea landed a "top drawer" signing in Alvaro Morata, says Paul Merson.

Both have hit the ground running to offer an immediate return on the sizeable investment made in their talent. The point means they remain three adrift of their rivals and six off Manchester City at the top, having gone 14 matches without beating a top-six team away from home in the top flight.

And Pedro was denied by Arsenal's former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech after being put through by Cesc Fabregas' pass.

Despite Morata's best attempts to distract Bellerin, the Arsenal player spoke of his confidence that the Gunners could leave West London with a positive result.

The intensity of the match slowed as the first half progressed, but Granit Xhaka's 25-yard drive narrowly missed the target and Arsenal then missed a golden chance to take the lead just before half time.

Conte brought on Tiemoue Bakayoko for Pedro, who had taken a knock, at half-time and Willian fired an effort at Cech as the Blues looked to make a fast start after the break.

But, in the meantime, where are updates on the likes of Alvaro Morata, Cesar Azpilicueta and Cesc Fabregas.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Antonio Conte or Arsène Wenger?

The strikers arrived in the Premier League as record transfers for their clubs in the summer as Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid for £65 million, while Lacazette moved from Lyon to Arsenal for £52 million.

Arsenal did have the ball in the net when Shkodran Mustafi headed in, but the defender was well offside when Xhaka played in his free-kick.