The Premier League boss thinks this may be his strongest squad yet, and that means a title challenge could be on the cards.
The Gunners beat Chelsea 1-0 on Sunday afternoon in this season’s Charity Shield, courtesy of a wonder goal from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
It was Wenger’s first victory over a side managed by Jose Mourinho, breaking the hoodoo his rival has held over him for quite some time. And Hoddle has revealed just what Wenger thinks of his side compared to those he managed in the past.
“I asked Arsene during his live interview whether he thought this was the strongest squad he had,” he wrote on Kicca.
“Arsene responded by saying he felt that his team looked far more secure defensively than in the past and that his team had conceded few goals in the second half of last season and you could see that they had tightened up at the back.”
Playing Chelsea at their own game
The former England manager also says that the Frenchman revealed he had deliberately made his team play with the handbrake on against the Premier League champions, as he wanted to play them at their own game.
Mourinho’s side were heavily criticised last season for playing boring football as they sought to win to the title, but it was clearly a trick that worked as they won it at a canter.
It also worked for Wenger yesterday, and Hoddle says if the long serving boss thinks he has his strongest squad yet, then you have to fancy Arsenal for a title challenge.
“He [Wenger] also pointed out that he kept the handbrake on against Chelsea, playing them at their own game to a degree,” he added.
“But when counter attacking, they had the speed to look dangerous. If he does feel he has his strongest squad you’d have to fancy Arsenal to mount a serious title challenge.”