Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Willian will miss Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal on Saturday, but hinted that Pedro may well feature at Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Express.
Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal’s poor record against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea may have been causing a “mental block”.
The Blues went into the match under real pressure after making their worst league start to a season since 1986, with only one win. “All the rest honestly doesn’t concern me too much”, he said.
“People come to football to watch football and all the rest is secondary”.
“What is important is the quality of what we will see tomorrow mooring at 12:45 and you want people to focus on that”.
He helped Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley earlier in the season, so it will be interesting to see how he’s received by the Chelsea fans.
On his team for tomorrow’s game: I select every player for the squad because we have doubts.
The defending champions now lie 17th in the league table after three defeats in their opening five games, and a number of their 2014-15 stars have been way below par in the new campaign. I’m not going to say it’s going to have an absolutely massive impact on that because it probably won’t but in terms of the feel-good factor around us, it certainly will.
‘I stand up for my selection and take responsibility for it, but I believe you can fix what happened.
In other matches, West Ham United travel to Manchester City with the hope of becoming the first team to put a goal past the leaders in the league this season.
“I don’t use that as an excuse”, said Wenger. “And we’ve got another chance to do that on Saturday”, he added.
“We have so many games coming up and the schedule is tight the manager chose to make a couple of changes”.
“We know our position at the end of the season will depend on how we do in the big games”.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech spent 11 years at Stamford Bridge and was defeated on his return with the Gunners. We are on a good run in the Premier League and it’s important now to look at that’.