Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wenger: Arsenal no longer bullied

The Gunners had lost their previous five fixtures against Chelsea and the recent 1-0 defeat at Manchester United once again raised question marks over their ability to mix it in the big matches.
But Wenger's side landed a huge psychological boost as goals from Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott put the Blues to the sword.
"We are not bullied any more," said Wenger. "That is for sure. It's always very difficult to say because every game is different, but I feel we have matured over the last two years. "But this league is very difficult to predict. Every game is difficult for everybody. We have to show we've got that out of our system and show we can be consistent."

maybe battered
Wenger feels Arsenal have closed the gap on United and Chelsea in recent times, despite results not always going their way.
He added: "For example, two years ago with the same players we were maybe battered by Chelsea. Last year we felt we were getting closer.
"This year, at United and Chelsea, we were more frustrated because we were more in the game and there was no real difference. Maybe we played a bit with the handbrake. It was a slow learning process that we got out of our system in this game.
"Overall, some players - Fabregas said we were maybe scared to win. There were strong words, but maybe there was something in it. We didn't see that tonight. It was a locked game at the start, but the first goal gave a huge advantage."

my job
Chelsea have now picked up just six points from their last eight Barclays Premier League matches, and are off the pace in the title race.
They had only Branislav Ivanovic's header to show for their efforts at the Emirates Stadium.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti claimed he was calm about his future after the match.
"I don't know (how long owner Roman Abramovich will remain patient). Obviously he won't be happy at this moment," he said.
"I will take my responsibility, but this is a question you have to ask him, not me.
"I'm not afraid about my job. Everyone said I did a fantastic job last year. Now people are asking me about my job.
"We have to do better, obviously. It's not usual that Chelsea can't win for six games."

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