By Richard Clarke
Somewhere, somehow, there will be a so-called 'war of words' ahead of Arsenal's trip Chelsea but Arsène Wenger hopes that, by 4pm on Sunday, a football game has broken out.
These days when big Premiership sides meet, hype will follow. However the Frenchman argues that everyone involved in football - managers and media alike - have a responsibility to keep a level head.
Late last month a fan was shot in France at a game between PSG and Hapoel Tel Aviv. Wenger was not suggesting something like that could happen in England but he did argue anything that quells tension is a positive move.
"The big problem in big games is that we want a good football match," said Wenger. "When you are inside the game like I am we have to deal with it correctly before the game.
"The press makes a war and if something happens it's a shame. I feel we have a responsibility before the game to calm it down.
"Recently in Paris we had a dead guy in a game and that is
not what we want in football. It is not made for that. I would be
happy if Chelsea-Arsenal on Sunday is a fantastic football game and
a good promotion for football. My responsibility is to make sure
that it is.
"I would not like any stupid aggression but a feast of football like it can be in England."
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