If history repeats itself, Arsenal will beat Chelsea 5-3

Two years ago to the day, the two London rivals engaged in an eight goal thriller.

Considering Chelsea's past successes both at home and abroad, together with Arsenal's resurgence this season, Tuesday evening's encounter between the two could be regarded to be a new battle of London… for capital supremacy, as well as progression into the next stage of the League Cup.

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Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger will field weakened teams in tonight's cup clash with a few fringe first-team players getting the chance to convince the Blues boss they warrant a regular place while Arsenal's young guns have a further chance to impress Wenger.

Much has been made of Wenger's record against Mourinho… in eight matches, there have been four Chelsea wins and four draws that include six matches in the league, a Carling Cup final and a Charity Shield tussle. The Frenchman, though, never once succeeded in getting the better of the man who once dubbed him a 'voyeur'.

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However, if history were to repeat itself, Arsenal will slay Chelsea by a 5-3 scoreline as, on October 29, 2011 (albeit at Stamford Bridge, not Emirates Stadium), Chelsea came unstuck due to a Robin van Persie hat-trick, despite scoring first courtesy of Frank Lampard.

Van Persie's three took him to 28 goals from 27 league games, and may well have alerted Manchester United further to his consistency.

Other goalscorers included Andre Santos and Theo Walcott for Arsenal, and John Terry and Juan Mata for Chelsea.

Can history repeat itself? Will Wenger finally get a win over Mourinho on his CV? Or will Chelsea's squad players beat Arsenal's young guns? Let us know in the comment section below…

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