Reyes: We are better than Blues
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Antonio Reyes says Arsenal have a better manager and squad than Chelsea.Jose Antonio Reyes has shrugged off Arsenal's shocking early season form by insisting The Gunners have a superior manager and group of players than London rivals Chelsea.
Arsene Wenger's side may be 17 points shy of the Premiership pace-setters already, having lost five away games and two in a row, but Reyes has full confidence in both his boss and team-mates to prevail despite Roman Abramovich's billions.
Although acknowledging The Gunners have struggled to cope after Patrick Vieira's departure in the summer, Reyes stoked the fires ahead of Sunday's Premiership showdown, live on Sky Sports 1, as he played down the credentials of Jose Mourinho's men.
"I genuinely think Mr Wenger is the most knowledgeable manager in the game," said Reyes.
"He knows the game better than anyone else. Having the amount of money Chelsea have is not the most important thing.
"I believe in this manager, and this era for Arsenal, and with a little more time you will see us win many more titles.
"Some people have said Chelsea's squad is better than Arsenal's but I think we have enough quality at this club to be regarded as a better group.
"When I look at our players I think we are just as good, if not better, than them.
"The only difference right now is we are still adapting to life after Patrick Vieira, with certain players changing positions and adapting to new roles in the side.
"We've also suffered far worse from injuries than Chelsea have this season."
Reyes also stated that with the whole top flight behind them at Highbury, Arsenal will strive their hardest to avoid a hat-trick of defeats to their rivals this season.
"This weekend's match is so important, three points are essential for us," Reyes added.
"We need to shorten the distance between ourselves and Chelsea as quickly as we can.
"They have already beaten us twice this season - in the league and the Community Shield - but there won't be a third time.
"The whole of The Premiership needs an Arsenal victory so Chelsea don't get too far ahead, and we will work exceptionally hard for it.
"This is our chance to change the course of the whole Premiership season."