This weekend sees an in-form Arsenal side welcome the champions elect Chelsea to the Emirates Stadium in a tie that is worth much more than just the three points. Chelsea currently sit 10-points above the second placed Gunners knowing that victory over the North London club would finally put this season to bed for the Blues and Jose Mourinho. Arsenal and Arsene Wenger however go into the tie knowing that as important as three points would be to their vastly improved season, victory over Chelsea and more pertinently, Jose Mourinho, would not only send shockwaves throughout European football as Arsenal look to once again assert themselves as one of Europe’s elite sides but would also end the jinx that Jose Mourinho seems to have over his French counterpart Wenger.
In Arsene Wenger’s 11 attempts at a victory over Jose Mourinho, the Frenchman has failed to claim one victory with the Portuguese manager winning six times and the side sharing the spoils on five occasions. Questions are often raised over which of these two coaches is better, we have taken to Premier League stats, signings and records to help add some clarity to the debate.
Arsenal Vs Chelsea Head-To-Head Record (With Mourinho & Wenger at the helm)
Played – 11
Chelsea Wins – 6
Arsenal Wins – 0
Draws – 5
Chelsea Goals Scored – 19
Arsenal Goals Scored – 6
It’s clear from these numbers that Jose has had Arsene Wenger’s number in direct combat, with Chelsea running out winners more often than not. The peak of Mourinho’s dominance over Wenger came last season as Chelsea ran riot over Arsenal in a 6-0 win on Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal, perhaps the pinnacle moment in the shift of power in London between Arsenal and Chelsea.
Aside from their head-to-head rivalry, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are both considered to be two of the best Premier League Managers in the history of the division. With fantastic trophy hauls as well as some of the best signings and players in the history of the Premier League, this tie is no doubt the battle of the titans in a post-Sir Alex Ferguson world.
Premier League Records
Joining Date – 1996
Matches Played – (708)
Won – (412)
Drew – (173)
Goals scored – (1337)
Goals Conceded – (672)
Win(%) – (58)
Manager Of The Month Awards– 14
Manager Of The Year Awards – 3
Premier League Trophies – 3
F.A Cup Trophies – 5
Notable Season – 2003/2004 Unbeaten Premier League season
Joining Date – 2004
Matches Played – 190
Won – 133
Draw – 39
Lost – 18
Goals Scored -351
Goals Conceded – 120
Win (%) – 70
Manager Of The Month Awards – 3
Manager Of The Year Awards – 2
Premier League Trophies – 2
F.A Cup Trophies – 1
Notable Season – 2004/05 – Most points in a season – 95
Thierry Henry – £10.5m – Juventus -
Eight games into his Arsenal career, there were questions raised about Thierry Henry’s pedigree at Arsenal before the young Frenchman came off the bench to replace Nwankwo Kanu and scored a stunner against Southampton. From that moment on Thierry Henry went on to become arguably the best player in the history of the league and certainly the most important player to be signed by Arsene Wenger. Scoring 228 goals for the Gunners, Thierry is an icon in the red half of North London and a global star in the football world, with is career truly lifting off in the red & white of Arsenal.
Patrick Viera – £3.5m – AC Milan
The first of Arsene Wenger’s signings at Arsenal, Patrick Viera was actually recruited by the French coach before he was officially announced as the Head Coach of Arsenal. Patrick Viera quickly became a fan favourite at Highbury and succeded Tony Adams as Captian of the club and led his side to the historic 2003/2004 unbeaten season. During his time at Arsenal Viera was considered the nucleus of the club and is considered one of the best midfielders to have ever played in the modern era of the game.
Sol Campbell – Free Transfer – Tottenham Hotspur
The signing of Sol Campbell from intense local rivals Tottenham Hotspur was a coup enough for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger but to consider his signing for free whilst the Captain of Spurs, Sol Campbell is certainly one of the most controversial and memorable signings in the history of English Football. The centre back won the Premier League and F.A Cup double in his first season under Wenger, somewhat justifying his move across North London. Campbell was a key part of the 2004 unbeaten Arsenal team and despite sporadic spells of public drama, Campbell is one of the most notable and noteworthy Arsenal players in the modern era.
Ashley Cole – £5m – Arsenal
The controversial signing of Ashley Cole from Arsenal was one of the biggest shocks in recent Premier League transfers. After a summer of speculation and alleged ‘tapping up’ from Jose an Chelsea, Cole signed for the west London club claiming ambitions of success his reason for the switch from North London. Ashley Cole quickly assured his new club that he was still the world class left-back that had made him a star at Arsenal and was pivotal to Chelsea’s most successful period as he helped them to success both domestically and abroad.
Didier Drogba – £24m – Marseille
Arguably Jose Mourinho’s most important signing for Chelsea, Didier Drogba is in many ways the face of the Jose Mourinho Chelsea reign. With success in the Premier League and Champions League, Drogba is considered to be one of if not the best player to wear the Chelsea shirt. Signed for a staggering £24m, Drogab has paid back is transfer value many times over and now in his second spell at the club, Drogba remains a legend and a constant thorn in the side of this weekend’s opponents Arsenal.
Michael Essien – £24m – Lyon
Costing £24.4m from Lyon, Michael Essien arrived at Stamford Bridge with a cloud of confusion hanging over him as Chelsea fans waited to see the return for such a high transfer fee. The Ghanaian International didn’t disappoint the Chelsea faithful as he stepped into the central midfield role at Chelsea and instantly became a fan’s faourite and one of the most praised and admired players to have played under Jose Mourinho. Essien completely re-defined his role at Chelsea and helped carve out the current trend of high-value, high-reputation defensive midfielders.