Arsene Wenger will be hoping his Arsenal side will be able to break his run against Mourinho which is 12 without defeating a Mourinho managed Chelsea when they meet at the Emirates stadium this Sunday.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
One is always excited to hear about an Arsenal versus Chelsea tie. But the first thing that comes to mind is the coaches. Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in 12 appearances against his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger including earlier this season where Chelsea subjected Arsenal to a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge. Perhaps the most memorable was last season during Wenger’s 1000th match in charge of Arsenal where Chelsea thumped Arsenal by 6 goals to nil, much to the dismay of everyone connected to Arsenal in some way.
There has always been tension between the two coaches as word exchanges have been frequent. In 2005, Mourinho called Wenger a ‘voyeur ‘who complained about Chelsea, in 2014 he described Wenger as a ‘specialist in failure’ much to Wenger’s anger. However the boiling point was during this season’s encounter where Wenger physically manhandled Mourinho before being restrained by his assistants when Mourinho celebrated cynically when Chelsea defender Gary Cahill violently fouled Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez.Wenger apologized to the fans for this incident but made it clear he did not regret it. The English Football Association took no action on this and Jose Mourinho complained arguing that if it were him they would have charged him.
Aside from the coaches, the men to watch from both sides include Chelsea forward Eden Hazard who is having a stellar season and he also scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been in fine form of late and so has been their Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez. Chelsea boast having Diego Costa who has had an amazing tally of 19 goals in the premier league so far this season. This game has all the bearings of a classic.