Wenger poised for milestone against Chelsea
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Arsene Wenger will take the pitch for a milestone fixture on Saturday as he celebrates his 1,000th match in charge of Arsneal when the Gunners head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.
"You learn from every game," Wenger said on Arsenal Player. "You learn more from the lost games than the games won. Certainly because you go into deeper analysis, you question yourself more, you question the players more, and you learn basically the most from the higher the level goes up, the more you see the limitations of your team and your players.
"You learn the most in the biggest games when the pressure is there, when the talent is against you and when the pace of the game is at the top, top level. This is where you learn."
If that's the case, then we should learn a lot about Wenger from Saturday's tilt with Chelsea as it is one with massive implications for both sides.
Arsenal enters the weekend level with Liverpool for second place on 62 points apiece, four points back of the first-place Blues. And with the Gunners hoping to claim their first piece of silverware since 2005's FA Cup crown, a victory at Stamford Bridge could go a long way toward helping them end the drought.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will be eager to grow its gap above its London rival. The Blues, fresh off their Champions League defeat of Galatasaray, will be eager to erase the memory of their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last weekend, a defeat that prevented them from staying seven points clear at the top.
Liverpool will hope to keep pace by matching the result at the Bridge when the Reds, coming off of a convincing victory over Manchester United, will head to Cardiff City later on Saturday.
Manchester City may still be favorites to claim the title, though. The Citizens hold three games in hand over Chelsea, and maximum points from those three fixtures would be enough to lift Manuel Pellegrini's side to the top. Their quest to return to the summit begins Saturday with a home clash against last-place Fulham.
Manchester United, meanwhile, is flying high following its Champions League comeback against Olympiakos. Wayne Rooney labeled Wednesday's home win as the start of the club's season, and the Red Devils will look to make it a positive start when they head to Upton Park to face West Ham United on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, Newcastle hosts Crystal Palace at St. James' Park, Sunderland heads to Carrow Road to face Norwich City, Hull City welcomes West Bromwich Albion to the KC Stadium and Swansea City faces Everton at Goodison.
Tottenham, bounced from Europa League play on Thursday despite getting a 2-2 draw at Benfica, will return to Premier League action on Sunday for a home meeting with Southampton.
Aston Villa and Stoke City will round out the weekend slate when the two sides meet at Villa Park on Sunday.
03/21 11:48:13 ET