In-form Chelsea are capable of beating Arsenal’s record of 14 successive Premier League wins, claims Martin Keown.
The former Gunners defender was part of the squad which raised the top-flight bar back in 2002.
Arsene Wenger’s side won their final 13 fixtures of the 2001-02 campaign en route to lifting the title.
They then opened the followed season with another success, setting a new benchmark.
Chelsea now have that victory haul in their sights, having taken maximum points from 10 games in a row.
Antonio Conte’s side are brimming with confidence and Keown sees no reason why they cannot stretch their winning run through the busy festive period and into 2017.
“Arsenal won 14 on the bounce and I think Chelsea will beat that,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I played in that record-breaking Arsenal side and remember our last defeat before that run was against Newcastle in December 2001.
“After the game, Bobby Robson said that we needed to learn to lose.
“It gave us a real determination that we weren’t going to be defeated and we remained unbeaten until the following October.
“I see a similar determination in this Chelsea team – particularly in the way their manager celebrates and the enthusiasm he is bringing.”
Chelsea will be back in action on Saturday when they take in a London derby with Crystal Palace.
They then round off the calendar year with a Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth and home date with Stoke City on New Year’s Eve.
Were they to emerge victorious in all three of those fixtures, they could then match Arsenal’s win haul in a grudge match against Tottenham on January 4 and break the record against reigning champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium 10 days later.
The Blues are already guaranteed to top the Premier League table on Christmas Day having opened up a four-point lead at the summit, and will be amongst the favourites to recapture the crown if they are able to maintain their current high standards.
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