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Wenger hopes to add to Chelsea's home sickness

Published on Jan 19, 2013 10:21 AM
 
Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger gestures during their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton on Jan 1, 2013. Wenger believes Arsenal can exploit the uncomfortable relationship between Rafael Benitez and Chelsea's supporters when the Gunners head to Stamford Bridge for Sunday's crucial London derby. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can exploit the uncomfortable relationship between Rafael Benitez and Chelsea's supporters when the Gunners head to Stamford Bridge for Sunday's crucial London derby.

Chelsea interim boss Benitez, already a hate figure at the Bridge following his time with rivals Liverpool, has been unable to win over his club's fans since arriving as successor to the popular Roberto Di Matteo in November.

Their stormy relationship hit a new low on Wednesday when the Blues squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw against Southampton, a result that continued Chelsea's miserable form at the Bridge this season.

Chelsea have won just one of their last seven home league matches. That sole success was an 8-0 win over Aston Villa under Benitez's guidance, but the Spaniard has also overseen embarrassing defeats against QPR and Swansea.

 
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