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McARTHUR CONFIDENT AHEAD OF CHELSEA

McArthur battles with Eden Hazard on first day of 2012-13 season.

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10:49 8th February 2013

by Nick Taylor

Scottish international believes the successes of Wigan Athletic players with their countries can spur them on against Chelsea.

On Wednesday there were eight Latics players representing six nations and they all came out on top.

James McArthur himself was involved in Scotland’s 1-0 victory against Estonia alongside Shaun Maloney and wants Latics’ international players to bring back their positive feeling to the club.

He said:

“It’s brilliant that everyone was successful with their respective national teams and when that happens it brings back a great feeling to the group.

“We’ve already got the confidence to succeed but hopefully that can build it up and give us the little kick we need.”

On his Scotland appearance he added:

“I came on as a substitute in the second half against Estonia and I think I played well but it was more about the occasion.

“It was a good occasion to play with the Scotland lads, especially at home and it was good to be involved with the new manager Gordon Strachan straight away and I’m really happy to be part of his set up.

“Getting that time on the pitch on Wednesday has kept me fresh and ticking over towards the game tomorrow and of course it is excellent to play for your country, so I’ll be bringing back some energy and a positive mental outlook.”

Recent meetings with tomorrow’s opponents Chelsea have provided plenty of controversy and drama but McArthur aims to look past that and focus on out-performing the Blues.

“The main focus now is on Chelsea and hopefully we can turn in a good performance like we have against them in the last few meetings and we’ll be looking to secure some points.

“Chelsea showed us on the first day of the season just how dangerous they can be because they only needed ten minutes to settle to outcome of the game.

“We can take positives from that game because we dominated for long spells.

“We’ve learned from then that if you let their top quality players have too many chances then they’ll take them and the aim is to limit those chances and create our own by playing the way we do every week.

“Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from their recent results but we will be as well because we’ve got two draws and if we can win tomorrow then those two draws become great points.”

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