Wenger: Chelsea to show whether we deserve to compete at the top
Written by Jeffrey on October 28, 2011 4:30
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that tomorrow’s away game against Chelsea will show whether the Gunners have turned the corner or not.
Speaking to Arsenal Player on Thursday, the Frenchman went back to last Tuesday’s Carling Cup game as he praised midfielder Andrey Arshavin who was one of the best players on the pitch with the Arsenal boss saying that all one needs to do is to look at his assists and goals to understand that he is a quality player who can make an impact at any time during a game.
On the game against the Blues, the manager explained that the Gunners are a better side after putting behind them a difficult star to the season and how the game at Stamford Bridge will show whether they deserve to compete at the top.
Tomorrow, third-place Chelsea will host the Gunners without centre forward Didier Drogba who is suspended after receiving a red card against QPR last week but will welcome back Spain’s Fernando Torres who will be determined to prove a point after a disappointing campaign, last season.
Ahead of the Chelsea game, Wenger said:
[Andrey Arshavin is a misunderstood player?] He’s an absolutely top class but you’re right, something, somewhere, gets people a little bit reluctant sometimes but he’s a top class player.
The best you look at are his numbers, assists and goals scores, he’s always amongst the best, he can come on and have an impact, he can start and have an impact, he’s an impact player, Andrey.
[Chelsea a yardstick to measure the side?] Yes, definitely, I believe that as a team we have grown considering one month ago and now we face the real tests about our quality.
And that’s where we want, of course, to show that we have improved, that we have the quality, because that’s what is at stake at the moment.
[What a win or deserved draw would show?] That we are ready to compete at the top again, so that’s what we want to achieve, of course. We will have a go and give absolutely everything to do well.
[If we lose?] What would be terrible is not to turn up with a good performance, the destiny of big games lies in details and sometimes as well a little bit of going or you or against you.
What is important is that you put a top-class performance in, then you have more chances that the details go for you, let’s focus on that.