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Wenger Boasts Ahead Of Community Shield, Considers Sanchez For Chelsea Showdown

Wenger Boasts Ahead Of Community Shield, Considers Sanchez For Chelsea Showdown

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Sunday's FA Community Shield clash with Chelsea at Wembley will offer his side an opportunity to affirm their superiority over the Blues, stating that Arsenal's FA Cup triumph was no fluke.

The Gunners defeated Premier League champions Chelsea 2-0 to lift the FA Cup for a record 13th time in May.

"Sunday is a good opportunity to repeat the performance we had in a final," Wenger said in his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
"Two teams who will go for the first trophy of the season with power and a desire to be ready for the championship.

"So that plays a part of it as well. We can also give competition to players who will need it."

"We have basically everybody available to choose from.

"Today (Thursday) Ozil and Ramsey weren’t in full training but they should be alright. Coquelin is injured. We don’t think it will be too bad. Maybe two weeks.

"Sanchez looks good. He had a good rest so needs to work on his fitness. But once he’s in a game he’s sharp and looks like he’s never been away. 

"He’s over the flu – that was never a problem for us while Mustafi, I haven’t decided yet as they have just come back. I haven’t decided yet if I will involve them or not.

"Gabriel has had a long term injury. He starts to run again now but needs two or three weeks before he can join in.
"We will not to take too big a gamble on a Sanchez who has just come back.

"For us it’s important to build his fitness and put him in a reasonable condition before we expose him to tough tests.

"Maybe he will play."

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