Arsenal suffered a humiliating 6-0 loss at Stamford Bridge last season in this fixture and the Frenchman has admitted that he is looking to avenge that defeat this weekend.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has described last season’s crushing 6-0 defeat as ‘a very bad memory’ that will remain in his memory for the rest of his life. It was his 1000th match in charge of Arsenal but it ended miserably for the Gunners. Arsenal come into this game on the back of an impressive 4-1 win against Galatasaray in the Champions League but with the knowledge that Wenger has never got the better off Jose Mourinho, the North London side know they face an uphill task to reduce the six points gap between the two sides already.
“We will never forget last year at Chelsea and we have an opportunity to put it right,” Wenger said in the pre-match press conference. “It was my fault. We got a good hiding. You don’t prepare all week to experience that. Chelsea was a horrendous day last season. We have an opportunity to put that right and I’m confident we can take it,” he told reporters.”Football is not made of history, football is made of performance and it is the next game that counts.We have a big hunger to put that right. Last year’s slow start exposed us to counter-attacks. It was a very bad memory.The win [against Galatasaray] was good for the confidence of the team and we were very efficient.We want to go to Chelsea to win. The fact they are six points ahead makes that desire even bigger. We are both still unbeaten but I feel we have had a more difficult run than them. It’s a vital game for us to stay in the race.Our performance will be vital and I believe that it’s important to focus and concentrate on our work rate and how we play.Chelsea won the Champions League with good defensive stability. They have one of the best defensive records in England.
Wenger also had words of praise for Danny Welbeck who scored a hattrick against Galatasaray in the Champions League.He said, “You can see that he’s improving. That is very positive and there’s a lot more to come from him.”
The Frenchman played down his rivalry with the Blues boos insisting that it was not an individual battle between the two managers.”He has aways had fantastic teams. It’s not a game between two managers, it’s a game about clubs.”, he told reporters.
Arsene Wenger also had his say on the prospect of facing former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas.”It was his decision. When he left we bought Ozil – we did not need to buy attacking players.Everyone respects Cesc here and I want him to get the reception he deserves on Sunday.Cesc Fabregas will have a great career because he’s a great player. He knows Arsenal had a positive influence on his career.I have no animosity against Fabregas. He’s a player I love but he made a decision and we have to accept that.”, claimed the Frenchman.
On the subject of Lukas Podolski, Wenger said, ‘”It is quite simple. There is no transfer market at the moment. We are all on board to get a result on Sunday.” While he also had words of encouragement for his keeper Wojciech Szczesny, “The win was good for the confidence of the team and we were very efficient. In a fraction of a second you can make the wrong decision. He conceded that it was his fault.”
Regarding his team news, Wenger gave an update on Nacho Monreal. He said, “”Monreal might be back for us there are no major changes elsewhere. I’ve been told he (Ramsey) could be out for three to four weeks, so I count four.”
Arsenal are currently unbeaten in the league and are in fourth position, six points behind leaders Chelsea.