Previous
CSKA Moscow
Bayern Munich
0
1
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
AS Roma
1
1
FT
Game Details
Apoel Nicosia
Ajax Amsterdam
1
1
FT
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona
3
2
FT
Game Details
Schalke 04
NK Maribor
1
1
FT
Game Details
Sporting Lisbon
Chelsea
0
1
FT
Game Details
BATE Borisov
Athletic Bilbao
2
1
FT
Game Details
Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Porto
2
2
FT
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City
1
1
FT
Game Details
Derby County
AFC Bournemouth
2
0
FT
Game Details
Middlesbrough
Blackpool
1
1
FT
Game Details
Millwall
Birmingham City
1
3
FT
Game Details
Norwich City
Charlton Athletic
0
1
FT
Game Details
Rotherham United
Blackburn Rovers
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich Town
1
1
FT
Game Details
Watford
Brentford
2
1
FT
Game Details
Wigan Athletic
Nottingham Forest
0
0
FT
Game Details
Crewe Alexandra
Notts County
0
3
FT
Game Details
AFC Telford United
Chester City
1
2
FT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Halifax
0
2
FT
Game Details
Altrincham
Macclesfield Town
1
0
FT
Game Details
Braintree Town
Barnet
1
1
FT
Game Details
Dover
Aldershot Town
3
0
FT
Game Details
Eastleigh
Bristol Rovers
1
1
FT
Game Details
Forest Green Rovers
Torquay United
2
1
FT
Game Details
Grimsby Town
Southport
0
1
FT
Game Details
Lincoln City
Gateshead
1
1
FT
Game Details
Welling
Dartford
2
2
FT
Game Details
Woking
Nuneaton Town
1
0
FT
Game Details
Wrexham
Kidderminster Harriers
1
0
FT
Game Details
Aberdeen
St Mirren
2
2
FT
Game Details
León
Monterrey
1
3
FT
Game Details
Atlas
Queretaro
2
1
FT
Game Details
U.A.N.L
Santos
1
1
FT
Game Details
São Paulo
Huachipato
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Icasa
Luverdense
1
0
FT
Game Details
Sampaio Correa-MA
Portuguesa de Desportos
0
0
FT
Game Details
Vila Nova-GO
Ceará
1
5
FT
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
Paraná Clube
2
2
FT
Game Details
Al-Ain
Al Hilal
2
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 4
Game Details
Herediano
Universidad De Costa Rica
Postp
Postponed - now being played Wed, Oct 1
Game Details
Next
Jan 20, 2013

Wenger: We must be aggressive

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged his players to become "more physical and aggressive" ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

• Preview: Chelsea v Arsenal
• Walcott signs new deal

The Gunners, hoping to close the gap on the top four, face a Chelsea side still desperate to shirk their poor home record under Rafa Benitez.

Coming up against a strong defence in the Blues, Wenger believes Arsenal need to rediscover the physical presence of the club's Invincibles side from 2003-04.

"Maybe we have to go back a little bit, not less technical but a bit more physical and aggressive," Wenger said. "I think that when [referees] see Arsenal on the sheet, they say 'oh fantastic' [to referee them].

"This side are physical players, but we have to restructure the balance of the team a little bit. The players have the character to do it. The [likes of] [Jack] Wilshere are technical players, but they are also physical players."

Responding to Manchester City's physical approach which allowed the champions to outplay the Gunners last weekend, Wenger claims that defenders should not be afraid to tackle after Vincent Kompany was sent off for a strong challenge on Wilshere.

"Tackling is a technique," he said. "I don't think that Kompany wanted to hurt Wilshere. I think it was a clumsy tackle, and technically a bad tackle and it can be seen as a red card.

"For me, the tackle facing the player is one leg on the ground, and the other leg is bent, where you can see that you give a pass when you intercept the ball - the guy that jumps in with two legs doesn't know where he finishes.

"I believe that a full-back who tackles and wins the ball back with one leg, and gets up with the ball, it is an art."

Gunners defender Per Mertesacker will be eager to prove himself against Chelsea after admitting to cautious play in the defeat to City.

"If you want to be in the top four you have to compete with Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Tottenham," he said. "These teams are in this zone. We need to win against those four as much as we can - it is a good point to show how we are.

"We need our character on Sunday. That is the most important thing. In the second half against Manchester City, we showed our character, which was much better than the first half.

"We were a bit scared against Man City from the beginning. We were not that confident. The second half was much better. With a bit of luck we could have scored in two or three situations."

The German is confident Arsenal will be able to repeat last season's thrilling 5-3 win at the Bridge if they put the pressure on early.

"We have a good squad. Good young players and experienced players," he said. "We have a good balance. But everybody has to stick together.

"We can go to Chelsea with optimism. We showed last season that we can go and win there. We proved we can score a lot of goals away from home. But we have to show our confidence.

"We're a good squad when we put out opponents under pressure. We are always dangerous. That must be our target at Chelsea as well. Let's see what we can do. It's a busy week and everyone is playing a lot. Let's show our ability and character at Chelsea."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.