Arsenal had a much needed boost on Sunday when they beat Premier League champions Chelsea in the Community shield match played at Wembley.
Arsenal player, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, scored to secure the Gunners one nil win and to break a pattern of continuous losses for Arsenal against Chelsea. Arsenal have lost thirteen games one after the other against the Blues. Speaking out about his teams win, Wenger has said that it was a much needed confidence boost at the start of the season for his reds.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has also made reference to the match, but believes that his team were the better side. In an effort to acknowledge the winning side he said:
“The best team lost. And the defensive team won, If you want to be pragmatic, like I normally am, I say in a simple way, they score, they didn’t concede. Well done. Congratulations.”
Despite his obvious disappointment he went on to add:
“Other clubs, other managers you say are boring, that they park the bus, I don’t agree with that. I say they were very well organised and because of that I give total credit.”
The managers often clash and there is certainly no love lost between the pair. They have made statements against each other in the past, often criticising each other, and their methods
Following the win Wenger did exchange handshakes with Chelsea players, but it looked as though Mourinho and Wenger avoided each other, when Mourinho crossed behind the Frenchman. Wenger released a statement after the win and implied that he had respect for the losing side:
“I shook a few hands after the game, but there’s nothing special there. I believe in a job where you have to respect people and respect everybody.”
No matter what, the win for Arsenal is a welcome result and will stand the gunners in good stead for the coming months. Ever a challenging team to face Arsenal will be playing to win throughout the season.
Author Lisa Wood
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