I Refuse to Mock Chelsea – Arsene Wenger

Kingsley Kanayo

Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger says he has chosen not to gloat over the 14-point gap that exists between Arsenal and fierce rivals Chelsea after his side cruised to a 3-0 win over Swansea.

Wenger has a tempestuous relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and the Gunners manager was presented with a golden opportunity to take a swipe at his old enemy following Saturday’s stroll at the Liberty Stadium.

Chelsea were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool in a result that increased the feeling Mourinho, whose side are down in 15th place, is in danger of the sack, but Wenger refused the chance to mock his rival.

“I don’t talk about that too much. We must focus on our own game and try to keep a good balance. We need to keep our calmness, humility and our hunger and confidence,” Wenger said.

“I’m just very pleased with the result here. It’s always a difficult game against Swansea. Last year, they took six points off us, so we came here a bit edgy.

“Once again they have shown some real quality. They are a good side and in the first half, it was difficult for us.

“But in the second half, we played with greater tempo and our passing was much better. I felt that once we scored the first goal, we were the dominant force in the game.

“I rested players on Wednesday (when Arsenal lost in the League Cup at Sheffield Wednesday), to give them a little breather, and it took us a while to get in to the tempo of the game.

“However, we kept a clean sheet and we didn’t take too many risks going forward. Once we took the lead, it was a completely different game” he said.



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