Wenger will be hoping to avoid his gardener when he visits Stamford Bridge

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Arsene Wenger is dreading sitting in the Stamford Bridge stands after revealing his ‘uncomfortable experience’ sitting alongside Chelsea supporters last season.

The Arsenal boss is currently serving a three-game touchline ban for comments he made after the West Brom game, and will serve the second game against Chelsea tonight in the Carabao Cup – live on talkSPORT.

Wenger has experienced the wrath of the Chelsea faithful from the stands before, having watched the Blues thrash his side 3-1 in February 2017.

And the 68-year-old recalls how particularly uncomfortable that experience was.

“I sat next to a guy who says ‘Hello, how are you?’ I said ‘Good afternoon.’ He said, ‘I’m your gardener’. 

“I didn’t even know him. I do have a big garden.

“He was an Arsenal fan who went to the game at Chelsea. But it was a very uncomfortable experience.

“I was in the middle of the crowd at Chelsea because you have to go on the other side to go in the directors’ box. By the time you get around the stadium, already 10 minutes has been played. I will try to find a different place this time.”

Despite finding time to chat about his orchids, the Gunners boss admitted he still finds to communicate to assistant Steve Bould in the technical area.

First-team coach Jens Lehmann relays information between the two, although Wenger was quick to bemoan the time-consuming arrangement.

He said: “I can still do the pre-match in the dressing room and at half-time.

“After the game it’s less important. But I could miss nearly one half if it takes too much time to get to and from my seat.”