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Nicolas Anelka has implied that Chelsea are a bigger club than Arsenal during an interview with the French press.

The 30-year-old has outlined the pressure that The Blues are put under year in, year out, whereas the young Gunners do not have the same ambitions according to the former Arsenal striker.

Anelka added that there is no room for mistakes when you are employed by the Stamford Bridge outfit, whereas sights are set a little lower at Emirates Stadium.

“Chelsea is a mega club composed of top players, within which you have to win every game because you are put under massive pressure,” Anelka told Les Dessous du Sport.

“You have to win week in, week out, which is not the case when you play for Bolton, where you know that you are not going to finish in Champions League places every season.

“At Chelsea, you do not try [to win], you have to [win], which is very hard.

“It is different from at Arsenal. There is a context surrounding the club because of the chairman [Roman Abramovich] that makes people speak about Chelsea, more than about Arsenal.

“Arsenal are composed of young players, playing for third or fourth place, but we do not really speak about them for the title.

“But Chelsea is like Real Madrid. The pressure is huge.”

Anelka has paid tribute to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and thanked the French boss for opening the doors of The Premier League to him.

The striker took the audacious decision to move on from his homeland at the age of 17, and sealed the first transfer of an eventful career in 1997.

The forward then wore Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea’s colours and he understands that Wenger played an important part in his career in England.

“I still enjoy a tremendous relationship with Arsene Wenger,” Anelka said.

“Even today everything is great [between us].

“You must respect such a manager for all the things he has done for so many players.

“Thanks to him I got to know England and I am still there despite all the things that happened throughout my career.”

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