Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that the match against Chelsea FC is their most important game of the season so far.
It is a big day for Arsene Wenger personally as he takes charge of Arsenal for the 1000th time – a feat which is unlikely to be repeated to often in future. But he will have to keep aside all his emotions for the ninety minutes on the pitch as Arsenal’s title hopes hangs in balance as they face Chelsea in an intriguing London derby. The outcome of this game will have a massive impact on the title race and Arsene Wenger accepts that it is the most important game of the season for Arsenal.
The Gunners have managed to grab some impressive results recently starting with their win over Everton in the FA Cup, followed by a draw against Bayern Munich and an important win over Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby last week. Wenger has hoped that his side can maintain this momentum and manage a positive result at Stamford Bridge.
“The result tomorrow will be linked with the performance of the day. We come out of winning 4-1 against Everton, we drew 1-1 at Bayern Munich and we won 1-0 at Tottenham.
“We are on a good run so let’s take the confidence out of this run to make another surprise tomorrow.
“It is the game of the season for us – it’s as simple as that. We are in a period where every point is vital now, especially against your direct opponents. It is for us the most important game of the season now.” – The Arsenal manager said.
While Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League against Bayern Munich, Chelsea managed to win against Galatasaray to book their place in the Quarter Finals. But Arsene Wenger doesn’t believe that it would provide any distraction for the Blues heading into this game and maintained that the title race will go down to the wire this season.
“That’s difficult to know if it [Chelsea’s progress in the Champions League] will have an impact at the end of the season, but tomorrow it will not have an impact because they had a game that was not very demanding against Galatasaray.
“You cannot say they [Chelsea] are favourites or not, but they are among the teams who are fighting to win the Premier League, nobody can deny that.
“If you look at the table, what is very interesting is you have Manchester City, you have Chelsea, you have Liverpool and you have Arsenal – that has not happened for years to fight for the Premier League. That makes it really interesting. None of these four teams can say they are not going for it, that would be stupid.” – Wenger added in his pre-match press conference.