By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger insists his team does not have a “soft centre” and believes that their performance at Stamford Bridge proved it.

Arsenal lost that London derby a fortnight ago and Wenger admitted after the match that his players needed to be more ruthless in front of goal after watching them squander a string of chances.

But while the Frenchman has called for more cutting edge, he does not agree with former Gunner Peter Storey’s claim that Arsenal are weak in midfield.

“I have heard that many times,” responded Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

“I think it is not a big praise of our midfielders. I did not have that feeling at all at Chelsea for example that we were dominated in midfield, so I am convinced that we have matured and we can show that by letting other people talk and we play our game.

“The regret we have at Chelsea is that it was still possible for us to make a result with all those [injured] players out,” added Wenger. “That can give us belief and make us think we have a bright future.

“You know you want to win your games but in the Premier League you do not get away with 95 per cent focus. You have to be at your best or you don’t win your games.”

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
15 Oct 2010