Arsene Wenger has rejected suggestions that we have a mental block when we face Chelsea with the boss still looking for his first victory against Jose Mourinho after 13 attempts, The Evening Standard reports.
The number of times we’ve defeated our London rivals over the past decade can be counted on one hand, but Wenger is adamant that talk of a psychological problem is a myth created by the media.
We’ll have a chance to put that record straight before the season starts as we prepare to face Mourinho’s men at Wembley in the Community Shield next month.
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“I do not believe there is a mental problem playing Chelsea,” Wenger was quoted as saying.
“You [the media] created that, I don’t believe in that at all. When you have a good enough team you beat them. Our heaviest defeat last season was 2-0. It was against Chelsea.
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“We have reduced the gap and I believe we are ready to go further. Chelsea have lost against weaker opponents than us as well.”
Wenger’s defiance is admirable, but the numbers do not lie. Not only have we failed to beat them, but Mourinho is yet to concede a goal against us since his return to the Premier League in 2013.
Those stats are pretty damning and with top-level sport as competitive as it is, the players should be burning to put it right – especially with the Portuguese coach constantly jabbing us.