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Despite his anger after the Arsenal loss, Sarri did not cancel a scheduled day off for his players on Sunday and he is optimistic that publicly criticising his squad will not backfire in the way it has for previous Chelsea coaches.

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has insisted his side with fight on to the end, in the race for a top four finish.

'Against Chelsea, I have the confidence in him if he played, I think he could do like we want and the next matches we are going to need every player and also his quality'. I can change when we are at 100 percent in what I want to see.

"I am extremely angry, very angry indeed", Sarri opened his assessment through a translator. This defeat was down to our mentality. "Of course, it's the reason I said we needed a replacement for Cesc".

"This is something I can't accept".

"As a group of players they are not particularly aggressive from a mental point of view, they don't have that kind of ferocity in their mentality and that is something that it's down to the type of players they are - their characteristics".

In his post-match press conference, an angry Sarri was critical of his players' mentality, accusing them of being "extremely hard to motivate".

However, in a must-win game for the Gunners, they kept their top four hopes alive with an imposing victory with 15 Premier League games still to play. "I don't think it is risky". When I arrived, of course, I knew the team was coming off the back of a pretty disappointing season. If any player is afraid of that then they should not be playing at this level.

Change could come from a new player, or leadership, Sarri said.

Asked if he is the man to revive Chelsea, he replied: "Yes, absolutely".

"I'm happy to score because it's very important for the team". The Frenchman seemed to relish in the big game atmosphere having scored an exceptional goal to give Arsenal an early lead.

Conventional wisdom dictates that football managers shouldn't criticise their players in public.

"I just feel Ozil is a player that needs both sides of it". We are a team that should be playing one or two touches, instead at some stages we were playing with seven or eight. I thought we had managed to overcome this issue.

"What he has done has been unbelievable, so we have to try to improve the details now".

David Luiz, who had a poor game in central defence for Chelsea, insisted there is belief in Sarri's style of play.

"We have to wait until tomorrow, but first impressions are not positive", Emery said.

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