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Chelsea should not be considered a better team than Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has stated.

Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s forthcoming derby match against Chelsea, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has stated his belief that his men have nothing to be covetous of with regards to their near neighbors.

A lack of recent silverware has dogged the Emirates Stadium club, while the Blues are now widely perceived as being the supreme power in London. Wenger, however, believes the teams are on a par.

“Let’s say we look at the number of points they have and the number of points we have. We have nothing to envy,” he told the Gunners’ official website.

The Frenchman did admit that there may be something of a psychological barrier that his unit have to overcome if they are to end a poor run against the Premier League’s biggest sides. “It is just for us to get over that hurdle,” Wenger confessed. “As long as a team has not won, they wonder 'Can we win?' It is a mental thing because the quality of the squad is there. We are still young but not so much now.”

Wenger concluded by stating his understanding of newspaper reports that have been critical of the lack of tangible success enjoyed by Arsenal in recent times, though he also urged his side to “respond” to such questions on Monday.

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