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Wenger blames media for Ballack jibes

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has blamed the press for Michael Ballack's criticism of his team following the Gunners 2-0 loss to Chelsea. In the aftermath of the game at Stamford Bridge, Wenger congratulated Chelsea on their efficiency, but said "we didn't get a demonstration of football".

Ballack responded by claiming Wenger "always says things like this when he loses to find an excuse."

The Frenchman said: "I was full of compliment and praise for Chelsea after the game.

"I find it completely unfair from the press that you take one word from my press conference to turn it.

"You did that at Villa, you did that at Chelsea. If you look at the intent of my press conference it was positive to the opponent.

"If you want, we can have a press conference and I can say nothing, don't worry.

"As for (Ballack's comments), I am long enough in England to know that the team who wins can say what they want. They are right.

"It is my job to take a distance from that and analyse the game in a calm way with a cool head and to analyse what is right."

Wenger added: "I have to live with all the conclusions that Chelsea are a much better side, but I believe what I believe."

Despite all of the criticism as his team continue their quest for a first trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, Wenger will remain steadfast to his beliefs.

The Gunners boss declared: "There is only one way to play football - that is to win games and be efficient. The best way to win the games is the way which is most adapted to the qualities of your players and the philosophy of your club. That is what we try to be faithful to.

"You have to accept that when you lose games, the way you play is always questioned - what becomes a fantastic quality when you win, becomes a fantastic mistake when you lose. It is like that.

"We still have to believe in the way we do things, in the way we play and to show that strength."

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