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Wenger confident ahead of trip to Stamford Bridge

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 01:26

Wenger wants Arsenal to continue their good run against Chelsea

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 14, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENE WENGER, ARSENAL MANAGER, SAYING: "Basically because in recent years Chelsea have had great teams always and it was always difficlut to win there, but our recor against Cheslea recently has been good. We won last year here, we won in the FA Cup final, we won on penalties in the Charity Shield, so let's just continue to focus on the quality of our game and not too much on where we play." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENE WENGER, ARSENAL MANAGER, SAYING: "I have to see how he (Alexis Sanchez) recovers from that and decide after with all the players available or not, but he will be with us at course at Chelsea." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENE WENGER, ARSENAL MANAGER, SAYING: "I want to use both systems (three or four defenders) when it suits the team or when we need to do it. I think because we played for a long time with a back four it's easy for me to switch from a back three to a back four." 6. WHITE FLASH 7. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENE WENGER, ARSENAL MANAGER, SAYING: "I have a squad of 25 players of top level and if I need competition I play them in one game not the other but there's no real hierarchy in there, they fight all for places." STORY: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is taking confidence from his sides recent results against Chelsea as he prepares his players to face Antonio Conte's side at Stamford Bridge on Sunday (September 17). The team's meeting a year ago marked the turning point in a season that finished with the Premier League title heading to Chelsea. Arsene Wenger's team inflicted a 3-0 defeat on their rivals at The Emirates that day but Conte used the experience to change his formation and Chelsea went on a 13-match winning league run. For Arsenal, it was to be their only victory all season against any of the teams who finished in the top four. The north London club came fifth, missing out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, and thus go into Sunday's showdown at Stamford Bridge off the back of a Thursday night match against Cologne in the Europa League. The pressure will be on Arsenal to avoid a third successive league defeat on the road having already come unstuck at Stoke City and Liverpool, where they were thrashed 4-0.

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Wenger confident ahead of trip to Stamford Bridge

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 01:26