Arsene Wenger has stated that getting a defensive balance
right will be the key to contain Chelsea when the two face off on Saturday 29
In stating that, the manager also went on to state that there are ‘no defensive midfielders’ anymore.
-There are no defensive midfield
players at the moment, Wenger was quoted by arsenal.com
-We try to find the defensive balance collectively. We have fewer players who are purely defenders but some are physically strong in defending like Diaby, some are tactically strong like Arteta.
-At the moment we have the balance because everybody participates, but we have fewer specialists, purely defenders. We are more versatile going forward because everyone has the potential to go forward.
-If you have a defensive balance, yes, that is what is at stake against Chelsea. Will you be strong enough defensively, in midfield as well, to deal with them? That's where one of the tests will be.
The Arsenal – Chelsea game will be played at the Emirates Stadium from 1445hrs local time.