Arsene Wenger is looking for his side to bounce back against Chelsea this weekend, and insists that the mental block we previously had against Jose Mourinho’s side is now gone, as reported by the Daily Star.
The Frenchman’s record against his Portuguese counterpart is nothing short of disastrous, with his first victory over Mourinho coming in the Community Shield earlier this season.
It was no doubt a huge relief for Wenger to finally get that monkey off his back, and the players will have felt the burden lifted somewhat too.
We have been disappointing against the big teams in recent seasons, something many fans and pundits claimed was a major factor in our inability to challenge for the title. That looks to be changing now though, with wins over Chelsea, Manchester United, and Manchester City all coming in the last year.
Wenger knows the mental aspect of the game is a huge part of any success you are hoping to have, and believes the Community Shield victory was a massive boost in that department.
“It can sometimes be a mental block for the players when they don’t manage to beat a team, so on that front it was good to win the Community Shield,” Wenger said.
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“It is a big game but let’s not forget it is the start of the season.
“What matters on the day is the performance.
“We know our position at the end of the season will depend on how we do in the big games.”
Having beaten City at the Etihad and United at Old Trafford last season, we should now be looking to tick Stamford Bridge off our list.
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We have a team that’s more than capable of beating Chelsea, especially when you look at Mourinho’s poor start to the season – midweek Champions League victory aside.