Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny claims Chelsea’s English players run their club

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has criticised Chelsea’s English players for exerting what he sees as undue influence over the running of the club, the Daily Mirror reveals.

Szczesny is quoted as saying: “I think some of the English lads at Chelsea run the club, pretty much. You know, they’ve had 10 different managers in the last few years.

The 21-year-old’s comments come days after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, the eighth manager to come and go at Stamford Bridge since the Russian businessman bought the club in 2004. In total, since Arsene Wenger became Arsenal manager in 1996, Chelsea have gone through 12 bosses, including caretakers. Ruud Guillit was the first Chelsea manager to stand in the away dugout against Wenger.

Wenger is the second-longest serving manager currently in the Premier League, behind only Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but ahead of Everton’s David Moyes, who celebrates 10 years at Goodison Park next week. In 2010 Wenger signed a three-year contract extension and is set to remain at the Emirates Stadium until at least 2014.

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