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Wenger: Don’t compare us with Chelsea.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsene Wenger believes that Chelsea’s trophy haul should never be compared to that of Arsenal because they achieved their success in different ways. The Frenchman has been among the fiercest critics of the way the Blues have bankrolled success and with news of Manchester City’s £121m losses, he declared: “The biggest pride of a club is to achieve the maximum with the resources available. That is what we try to achieve and the situation is not really comparable to what Chelsea has done. The resources are different. We do the best we can. We have our own way to run our club. Every time we don’t win a game, everyone tells me I have to buy a player. The fact that I manage a club in a sensible way looks crazy. I understand why Chelsea manage in their own way, because they can support the deficit. We can’t.”
Bosingwa return delay.
TalkSPORT reports that Chelsea want Jose Bosingwa to play in one more friendly clash before he makes his long awaited return to the first-team. The Portugese right-back has been absent since last October but he recently featured in reserve games against Fulham and Liverpool. The Blues want to arrange a behind closed doors friendly to ensure Bosingwa is at full-fitness and Ray Wilkins revealed: “He’s doing well. He’s been back with the boys for 10 days, but we are still monitoring him. He’s got himself back to a very good level, he’s had 45 and 75 minutes in the reserves. Ideally we’d like to give 90 minutes behind closed doors. But he’s not far off.” The assistant manager also stated that he expects to have the 28-year-old back for the Aston Villa game on October 16th.
Wilkins: We have to be strong.
Ray Wilkins has declared that Chelsea must combine skill with strength if they are to beat Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. He was disappointed that the Blues were outmuscled by Manchester City last weekend and revealed: “The Manchester City game was exactly the same as last year in that we didn’t compete as well as we should have done. But that will not happen again. We have to find the happy medium between, strength, power, the physical side of stuff as well as playing football. That is what the Premier League requires. We must make sure we are up there in every aspect throughout the season,” The assistant manager also gave an update on Carlo Ancelotti: “I’ve been on the phone to him continuously over the last couple of days. The training is left up to us. He will take charge of the team on Sunday and select the side. The players were down on hearing the sad news but they will be delighted to see Carlo and we will crack on from there.”
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