Arsene Wenger sends warning to Chelsea ahead of Arsenal showdown
Arsene Wenger looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday
Arsene Wenger insists that his Arsenal team are ready to cause Chelsea serious problems when they travel to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Gunners head into the game looking to continue their recent good record against the Blues, with Wenger’s side having beaten Chelsea in their last two meetings in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield.
Chelsea have been in good form in recent weeks, though, with Antonio Conte’s men having won their last three Premier League games to move up to third place in the table ahead of this weekend’s round of games.
The Blues also thrashed Qarabag 6-0 in their Champions League group stage opener at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to continue their good run.
Arsenal, meanwhile, warmed up for their trip to Stamford Bridge with a 3-1 win over Cologne in the Europa League following their victory over Bournemouth last weekend.
However, Wenger feels that his side will be able to get the better of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
Wenger told a news conference at Arsenal’s training ground on Friday morning: “[Our record at Stamford Bridge is because] in recent years, Chelsea had a great team always and it was always difficult to win there.
“But our record against Chelsea recently has been good. We won at the Emirates last year, we won the FA Cup final and on penalties in the Community Shield so let’s just continue to focus on the quality of our game and not too much where we play.
“Chelsea looked comfortable after 20 minutes [in midweek against Qarabag] but that doesn’t bother me. I think we need to focus on our performance and play our game.”
Arsenal finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last season, while Chelsea were crowned champions in Conte’s first campaign at the club.