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Arsene Wenger has called on his defence to be “completely cold-blooded” and to keep their discipline when challenged by Chelsea and Diego Costa on Saturday.
Arsenal welcome their London rivals to the Emirates Stadium looking to beat them in the Premier League for the first time since October 2011.
Last season, Arsenal ended the 2-0 defeat to Mourinho’s side at Stamford Bridge with nine men after both Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were sent off.
And Wenger knows his defence, with Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi likely to start against Antonio Conte’s men, need to stick to their game and not be tempted into a battle with Diego Costa.
Asked how his defence can face up against the Spain international, he replied: “By being completely cold-blooded and just focus on the game and not respond. Just try to negate his qualities and his game.” Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho joked he is now the ‘Worst One’ rather than the ‘Special One’ as football’s ‘’Einsteins’’ criticise and scrutinise his side who are looking to avoid a third straight Premier League defeat.
United ended a run of three straight losses with a 3-1 midweek win in the EFL Cup at Northampton, after which Mourinho hit out at the critics who he dubbed “Einsteins’’.
The Portuguese took a similar approach ahead of Leicester’s visit, making light of the situation by referring to himself as ‘’the worst manager in the history of football’’ when asked how hard it would be for today’s opponents to retain the title.
‘’Not many teams during the Premier League history they could do that,’’ Mourinho, who retained the title in 2006 with Chelsea, said. “One of the teams was Man United, another one was some team managed [by] the worst manager in the history of football, but it’s really difficult.’’ Burnley forward Andre Gray has been given a four-match ban for comments made on social media.
The 25-year-old had been charged by the Football Association for bringing the game into disrepute over homophobic posts he made on Twitter in 2012.
Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Thursday, Gray was also fined £25,000, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to attend an FA education course.