Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:59:00 – Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal must focus on their own performance against Chelsea on Saturday - and not whether John Terry is in the side.
The verdict from Terry's disciplinary hearing into a charge the Blues skipper used racist language on the pitch could come as soon as Thursday.
Should the Football Association independent regulatory commission find the former England captain guilty of a racist slur towards QPR's Anton Ferdinand in October last year, then the centre-back would likely be facing a lengthy ban.
Wenger, though, insists the Gunners must only concentrate on themselves as they look to continue a positive start to the new season, having cruised into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a 6-1 victory over Coventry.
The Arsenal manager said: "It is a case that has been spoken about a lot in the media, I just don't think I have to come out on that, and just let the FA do their job.
"We do not want Chelsea to be weaker. We want to beat a Chelsea team that has all their assets and we do not even think about that.
"What we focus on is on our side, try to be at the best possible level, because, anyway Chelsea has 25 players of top level.
"Terry in the big games has experience and leadership qualities that can always important. We have no speculation about that at all."