Arsene Wenger has laughed off claims by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho that he

Arsene Wenger has laughed off claims by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho that he "abandoned" his philosophy in order to win the Community Shield on Sunday.

The Gunners appeared notably more defensive in the second half as they looked to defend their 1-0 lead, courtesy of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's first half bullet.

That goal was enough to see Wenger's side - who had never beaten Mourinho's Chelsea in 13 previous attempts - end the hoodoo and Mourinho suggested that he went against his ideals to attain the victory.

However, the Frenchman says that his tactics were borne out of a desire to scale the "psychological hurdle" of failing to beat the West Londoners since 2011.

"We abandoned nothing. We defended well. Our game is based on togetherness, on solidarity, and defending and attacking well," he told the club's official website.

"I believe that we defended because there was maybe a bit of a psychological hurdle ahead of my players. They were more concerned with protecting our lead against Chelsea rather than playing attacking football.

"We have to accept that and I don't think that's giving up your philosophy, it's a punctual fact that we wanted to win a game like that. I'm quite proud of that."...

3/8/15

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