Is Wenger worried about a Chelsea title advantage as Mourinho gets it right?

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Arsene Wenger appears unhappy about Arsenal's pre-season preparations, wishing the club had it like Chelsea.

After Louis van Gaal hit out at Manchester United's hectic tour schedule, Arsene Wenger has become the latest Premier League boss to express his worry about a trip across the Atlantic.

Arsenal play in New York this weekend, and the Gunners boss believes there has not been enough time between the World Cup ending and the season starting, to undertake such ventures without a strain on his squad.

Wenger told SkySports: "We’ve never been to the States before and I was very happy to come to New York – a city I love.

"But for purely football reasons, the best thing to do is stay and not travel too much because of the time you waste and the jet-lag you suffer is not ideal."

It could be worse, both West Ham and Newcastle have undertaken mammoth trips to Oceania, the effect shown as the Hammers lost 2-1 in New Zealand this week.

What Wenger will be more concerned with however, is the club who have done very limited travelling, title rivals Chelsea.

The Blues had organised a low-key, two-week training camp in Austria, and will play sides from around Europe.

It's the type of pre-season more typical with Arsenal, and one which works in a World Cup year with limited turnaround time for top players and enforced holiday periods.

Chelsea appear to have got it right, and even the slightest edge could help the Blues get off to a fast start and hit the ground running.

Wenger added: "The level of competition is very high and it’s very difficult to predict how much better other teams will be.

"We just have to ensure we have good preparation and hopefully we will have a good chance to win the title."

Chelsea's early transfer business has helped them, but also a slice of good fortune, with Spain's early World Cup elimination meaning new signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas returned early, while the Gunners' key men Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil won't even be back in time for the Community Shield, and Alexis Sanchez is yet to join up.

Without explicitly saying so, it's pretty clear that despite the commercial benefits and chance to re-unite with Thierry Henry, Arsene Wenger would rather be conducting the focused training camp Chelsea are, rather than being toured around like an exhibit.

Will Chelsea's European training camp see them get off to a better start than Arsenal?

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