Arsene Wenger: Why beating Chelsea is key for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger feels that Arsenal's Community Shield clash with Chelsea will lay down a market for the season ahead

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta at Emirates Stadium

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal can lay down a marker for the season ahead by beating Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley next weekend.

The FA Cup winners take on the Premier League champions in north London on 2 August in the annual curtain-raiser as both sides look to head into the new season on the back of a victory against their local rivals.

It’s always the first indicator of the strength that you will face in the season

Arsene Wenger

Wenger feels that the clash provides the perfect opportunity for his Gunners side to signal their intent ahead of the new season as the Frenchman looks to transform his side into genuine Premier League title contenders.

Wenger wrote in Arsenal’s official matchday programme: “Next weekend we have the Community Shield. It’s always special to go to Wembley – just the name stirs emotions and it’s also a good feeling when we get there because it makes me think I have done something right in my job.

“It’s the first trophy of the season and we’ve won it five times during my time here – I would like to add one more this year.

“It’s always the first indicator of the strength that you will face in the season. To get a good result against Chelsea could strengthen our belief. Even if it’s maybe superficial, it’s still important.

“Every game is important because the consequences of defeat today are much more difficult to manage than a few years ago. The pressure on every game is massive, so you know the negative consequences of a bad result are more important than before, and that’s also why you want to start the season with a positive feeling.”

Wenger’s Arsenal side are in action at the Emirates Cup at their home ground this weekend as they take on Lyon and Wolfsburg.

The Gunners kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend of the season.


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