The long-serving Gunners boss believes that his players should view the upcoming trip to Stamford Bridge as an opportunity to regain some confidence by putting in a strong showing against a top-class opponent away from home.
“We had a bad performance at Liverpool, which I never denied, and that should be even a greater motivation for us to turn up with a quality performance on Sunday,” he told reporters at a press conference.
“If you look at the league, you know that the positions in the top four will, of course, be decided by the quality of the results you make against your direct opponents.”
Arsenal travel to their London rivals knowing that their away-form against top clubs has been poor in recent seasons. They have not won at Stamford Bridge since 2011 and also lost to Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City last season while earning a single point at Old Trafford.
“If you look at my record, you will see that I played two years in England in the Premier League without losing a game away from home,” Wenger said, defending his overall record away from the Emirates.
“Last year, until we lost at Everton [in December], we had not lost away the whole year. After that, we lost at Man City, and it’s true that it gave us a problem of confidence away from home.
“But I don’t really believe in that. I believe the pitch is 105 metres long and 68 metres wide everywhere, and never in my life could I accept or understand that it’s different away from home.
“It’s just a question of how much you want it, no matter where you play.”