Arsene Wenger says it’s vital his team wins their home games against title rivals if they want to maintain their tilt at the Championship this season.
Away defeats to Man City and Man Utd are one thing, but the manager believes his team have to show their mettle when they face contenders at home.
Ahead of the Chelsea game tonight, the boss has called on his players to cope with the pressure of the big games, and show they’re the real deal.
“Of course we have to win a big game when it matters. We were in that situation before but people are only keeping in their mind the big matches that we lose.
“We have won some big games. What is at stake is if you want to win the Premier League, you want to win the big games at home. It’s as simple as that.”
Having responded well to previous set-backs this season, there is a weight of expectation on the Gunners to do it again tonight, but Wenger says that’s just part and parcel of playing in the Premier League.
“You cannot play in the Premier League without pressure,” he said. “There are periods where the pressure is a bit bigger and periods where it is smaller. You have to live with that and resist that kind of stress.”