By Richard Clarke
The absence of Frank Lampard will not affect Arsenal's tactics on Sunday, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Chelsea midfielder has been missing since the end of August with a groin problem and is already ruled out of the weekend game. Lampard has been a pivotal reason behind Arsenal's relatively poor recent record against the Stamford Bridge side and, at his pre-match press conference, Wenger admitted is he hardly unhappy to see him miss this crucial clash. However it is not going to alter his game-plan.
"If you ask me ‘do I regret he is not here?' then I would say no," said Wenger.
"[However] it does not change our approach, we want to have the ball and dominate.
"I am convinced Chelsea misses a player like Frank Lampard, because if you look at his numbers every year - the goals he has scored and the assists he has - he is one of the best players in Europe.
"He has always made it difficult for us, but Chelsea have always had a good team since I was here.
"He was one of their best players, and still is."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 1 Oct 2010