Chelsea captain John Terry has said losing to Arsenal in the community shield hurts, but it doesn’t have a bearing on the premier league.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first half strike was enough to win the shield for Arsenal and secure Wenger’s first win over Jose Mourinho.
But while Terry is frustrated at losing the opener to the league, he maintains that it will have no bearing on how the league ends in May.
“I thought we were on top, if anything. These games are always a bit slow with players finding their feet and fitness but it’s disappointing we didn’t win,” the former England skipper told the media.
“Losing is just horrible in all aspects – forgetting the record [Mourinho’s unbeaten run against Arsenal], it’s a trophy that’s gone now. It means a lot because you’ve earned the right to be here so we’re just disappointed.
“It hurts. It doesn’t matter if it’s a friendly or the Community Shield – it’s a trophy, at the end of the day.”
When asked if the defeat will have an impact on the campaign ahead, Terry replied: “I don’t think so. I think it’s one of them where [Arsenal will] probably come out and say differently. They do mean something but, win or lose, I don’t think you can say that.”
Diego Costa was absent on Sunday due to his troublesome hamstring and Terry admitted that Chelsea lacked a cutting edge without last season’s top scorer.
“He’s a top player so he’s going to be missed in all sides,” the 34-year-old added. “It was a chance for Loic [Remy] to stamp his authority in the side, and [Radamel] Falcao second half… it’s down to them boys to fight for their place. [They are] three great strikers and they’ll all be fighting.”