The Gunners will visit the Premier League leaders this weekend in what is shaping up to be a title-deciding clash at Stamford Bridge, where the Blues remain unbeaten in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho.
There is no love lost between the rival managers, who have resumed their antagonism of each other this term following the Portuguese coach’s return to England. The Gunners are four points behind the Blues with a game in hand as we head into the business-end of the season.
Chelsea’s slip up on the road against Aston Villa on Saturday and the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Spurs in the North London derby on Sunday, makes the fight for the title even tighter at the top as the two London giants go head-to-head at the Bridge.
While the French boss has a superb record evidenced by his 57.7% win ratio in charge of Arsenal, he has a poor record against Mourinho’s Chelsea – he has yet to win a single game against the Blues with the self-proclaimed ‘special one’ at the helm and, what’s more, Chelsea remain unbeaten at home under him.
However, Arsenal have the best away record of all 20 teams in the Premier League and will have been buoyed by their victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane. A win against Chelsea would put Arsenal just a point behind the Blues with a game in hand. But a defeat could see them slip down into fourth place ahead of the game against Manchester City just four days later at the Emirates.
As the longest-serving manager in the English top tier, Wenger deserves respect but he will be unlikely to get any such thing from Mourinho following comments about failure earlier this season.
It would certainly be sweet revenge for Wenger to put an end to Mourinho’s record at Stamford Bridge this weekend, especially on his 1000th game in charge but if he fails to do so, he may only serve to prove the Blues boss correct in his assertion.