Beating Chelsea Is Important For Arsenal – Wenger

ArsenalArsène Wenger says Arsenal have the chance to show they have made progress by beating Chelsea on Sunday.

The Gunners have not claimed a victory against their London rivals in the Premier League since their 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge in October 2011.

However, they beat the Blues in the Community Shield last August and Wenger says they further demonstrate their progress this weekend.

“It is another one where we can show we have moved forward,” he said.

“It is another game where people look at us and see how we behave because, even if Chelsea are not in the best position, you look at their squad.

“It is a big game because of the quality of players on the pitch and it has a big importance to us because we play at Emirates Stadium and we know it will be important to win these types of games.

“We have certainly proved our battling potential [this season] through big solidarity, through great togetherness and as well because we are ambitious and we have more experience than in the past,” he continued.

“One of the advantages of having experienced players is that they know that sometimes it’s just about battling and not always only about playing well.”

Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were both sent off at Chelsea in September, and Wenger says keeping cool will be key in this weekend’s game.

“We are convinced that our records against big opponents is linked with discipline,” he said, adding that the team “were a bit unlucky due to the decisions of the referee”.

“Overall, over the longer distance, I believe that we have a very strong record on the discipline front in the Premier League. We want to maintain it.”

Wenger Praises Arsenal’s Solidarity In Stoke Draw

ArsenalArsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, praised the character of his side as they drew 0-0 in a battle with Stoke City on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners moved back to the top of the Barclays Premier League table on goal difference as they extended their unbeaten run to four league matches.

The manner of Arsenal’s performance earning the hard-fought point at the Britannia Stadium, generally pleased Wenger, although the manager was frustrated that his side “lacked the final ball” in attack.

“It was an old-fashioned Stoke battle because they made the game very physical.

“The crowd was up for it, the players were up for it and they went for a very direct game and we had to show a physical response, solidarity, fighting spirit, togetherness.

“They were really up for it, they tried from the first to the last minute and looking at the history we have here, it is a positive result,” he said in his post-match press conference.

Speaking to Arsenal Player, he said, “I thought we were tested on our capacity to fight, on our capacity to have a great togetherness, to respond and we responded well.

“I’m of course a bit unhappy because we like to score goals and we didn’t score today.

“We maybe lacked the final ball, the creative side of our game. But they made a fight of it and we had to respond.

“Compared to the history we have here, it’s a positive result. Compared to our desire to win the game, it’s not a positive result.

“But overall, compared to the results of all of the other teams who play at the top, it’s still a positive result.

“There’s a charisma in this team, a togetherness that comes out with a fighting attitude,” Wenger added. “[We are] people who really want to do well and that came out again today.

“I’m very proud of that and I think the club should be proud of that.”

Wenger, Klopp Comment On 3-3 Draw At Anfield

Wenger-Arsenal-LiverpoolArsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, admits his team should have picked all three points in the thrilling 3-3 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.

Arsenal led 3-2 heading into injury time, but Joe Allen struck a dramatic late equaliser for Liverpool, although the result kept the gunners top of the Premier League.

Wenger commended his team for the fight in what he described as one of the most entertaining games of the season.

However, the Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, insisted that his side were good value for a point after the draw with league leaders, Arsenal.

Klopp’s men took the lead twice through two Roberto Firmino goals, but were pegged back by Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in what was a pulsating opening 25 minutes.

Arsenal’s French striker (Giroud) looked to have wrapped up the points when firing his second on 55 minutes, but Allen, who had only been on the pitch for eight minutes, struck as the clock ticked into injury time.