Arsenal will take on Chelsea in this weekend’s premier league clash and Wenger is not unaware of the threat the Blue’s will pose but is confident that Arsenal will see them off. The Gunners have started their season long campaign well and their achievements thus far have not gone unnoticed, earning the club praise from Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who as we all know was not always Wenger’s closest ally during the ‘Special One’s’ time as Chelsea manager.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho said, “I think Arsenal is coming again, I like this Arsenal team. I like the way Arsene Wenger is building this team and I think they can be a very positive surprise.”
Wenger responded to Mourinho’s statement saying: “It is always nice to hear good things about your team, especially from people who are in the job and know the job.”
When Wenger asked if he was surprised with the compliments from an old rival, Wenger replied: “Not especially, no. I believe he is honest and speaks about what he sees and thinks. I hope we will be at the level he puts us for the whole season.”
Also Thomas Vermaelen is available after his flu for the match against Chelsea. His return will present a headache for Wenger as he decides which central defender to drop in his place with both Mertesacker and Koscielny playing well. Emmanuel Frimpong has returned to playing following two knee injuries, and Jack Wilshere, who has been beset by ankle and knee problems, is back to full training but will not be available for selection with Wenger not tempted to take any chances on the midfielder’s progress.
Wilshere will however play for an hour for Arsenal’s under-21s on Monday.
“It’s another important step but he has not played for 14 months so we have to calm your impatience a little bit. It is fantastic for him.”
And fantastic for Arsenal fans too! Can you imagine the competition for places once all the injured players are fit?