Head Coach Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Chelsea were “absolutely not competitive” as they were thrashed 4-0 by Arsenal in Florida on Saturday night.
The West London club went into the game on the back of a narrow 2-1 victory over Club America and penalty-shootout defeat to Charlotte FC in the opening two matches of their American pre-season tour.
However, Tuchel watched on helplessly as his Chelsea side were comprehensively beaten by their London rivals, the Gunners scoring two goals in each half.
Gabriel Jesus and Martin Odegaard put Arsenal in control with 36 minutes on the clock, with Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga netting in the 66th and 93rd minutes respectively.
With less than two weeks remaining until the start of the new Premier League campaign, Tuchel was left visibly frustrated by the current situation within his squad.
Speaking to reporters, as quoted by football.london, the German said: “I think we deserved to lose – which is fair enough – because we were simply not good enough. We were absolutely not competitive. The worrying part is the level of commitment, physically and mentally, for this match was not the same, it was far higher for Arsenal than us.
The Blues will next battle Serie A side Udinese for their next club friendly on Friday before taking on Everton in the Premier League a week later.