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Stat attack: Arsene Wenger vs Jose Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has faced Arsene Wenger 13 times previously and has never lost a single game against his fierce rival. Out of those 13 games Chelsea have 7 games and 6 matches have been ended in a draw. As the two legendary managers face off each other yet again today for the FA Community shield game, we take a look at the statistics between the two managers.

Match by match statistics is given below:

Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea, Premier League, Dec. 12, 2004

This was the first ever game of Jose Mourinho against Arsene Wenger in a Chelsea vs Arsenal game. Chelsea came from behind twice to cancel out Thierry Henry’s double.

Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal, Premier League, April 20, 2005

The Blues were held to a stalemate as they closed in on a first championship in 50 years with an 11-point lead with five games to play.

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea, Community Shield, Aug. 7, 2005

Didier Drogba netted twice as Mourinho’s men won the season opener. Cesc Fabregas scored the consolation goal for the Gunners.

Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal, Premier League, Aug. 21, 2005

Didier Drogba was on target to guide the Blues to a smooth win over the rivals.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea, Premier League, Dec. 18, 2005

Chelsea stretched their advantage over Arsenal to 20 points with goals from Arjen Robben and Joe Cole to inflict the Gunners’ third successive league loss for the first time in over 10 years.

Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal, Premier League, Dec. 10, 2006

Michael Essien’s thunderous strike in the 84th minute earned Chelsea a point, preserving Mourinho’s unbeaten league record at home, after Mathieu Flamini had put the visitors in front.

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal, League Cup final, Feb. 25, 2007

A mass brawl marked the conclusion of a game sealed by two Drogba goals and featuring three red cards and Terry being taken to hospital with a head injury.

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea, Premier League, May 6, 2007

Chelsea’s title challenge came to an end as Manchester United won it courtesy of dropped points at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea, League Cup, Oct. 29, 2013

Reunited after Mourinho’s time in Italy and Spain, Wenger’s side still could not beat the Portuguese’s, despite the Blues fielding a team of out-of-favour players they claimed the victory through goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata.

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea, Premier League, Dec. 23, 2013

A defensive-minded Chelsea held on for a stalemate in a draw which took them fourth in the standings and Arsenal moved second, behind leaders Liverpool on goal difference.

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal, Premier League, March 22, 2014

It was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game as Arsenal manager but it turned out to be a nightmare for the Frenchman as Chelsea snubbed the Gunners 6-0 at Stamford Bridge. It was the worst defeat of Wenger’s career against Chelsea.

Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal 0, Premier League, Oct. 5, 2014

Wenger shoved Mourinho as their long-running feud turned physical. The Portuguese played down the incident immediately after the win, through an Eden Hazard penalty and Diego Costa strike, but later said he would have been given a stadium ban had he been the perpetrator of the push.

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea, Premier League, May. 17, 2015

Chelsea visited Emirates Stadium on the verge of being champions. Jose Mourinho’s team played tactical football and managed to procure a draw thereby moving inch closer to the title. It was homecoming for Cesc Fabregas after he visited the stadium for the first time since joining the Blues. He was booed and abused by the Gooners. 

Highest margin:

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

Jose Mourinho has always been aggresive in his approach against Arsene Wenger. A cold relationship always exist between the two managers and a Chelsea Arsenal face off gets a different angle altogether.

Mourinho never leaves to attack the opposition and due to his unbeaten record against Wenger he generally gets the edge. Last to last season the managers took a jibe at each other before a match. Mourinho had mentioned that Wenger is a ‘specialist in failure’. He tried to say that Arsenal had not won a title for 10 seasons until 2013.

Another ugly incident that happened in recent times was last season, when Chelsea had defeated Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Due to an on-field incident, Wenger directly attacked Mourinho as he pushed the Portuguese in frustration. The scene became ugly and the fourth official had t come for rescue.

Jose Mourinho is poles apart from Arsene Wenger when it comes to match tactics. Mourinho emphasises mostly on winning the game and quality of his team’s game is not always his concen. On the contrary Wenger’s Arsenal have always mesmerized us with attractive football. 

Jose Mourinho is obviously much more successfull as a manager as his major trophies count is much more than the Frenchman. In the modern days of football this rivalry is arguably the greatest.

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