Jose Mourinho does have his fair share of incredible records – an unbeaten home run that stretched beyond 75 games – especially in English football. One such record is the statistic against Arsene Wenger; the Arsenal boss has NEVER managed to get the better of Mourinho. This is despite coming up against the Portuguese on 13 occasions. Last season, Mourinho came up against probably the strongest Arsenal he has witnessed, but even that was not enough to end this poor run.
Arsenal were only able to turn around a comprehensive 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge into a 0-0 draw at the Emirates stadium. The latter was against a Chelsea team in the final stages of their title pursuit and they were more than happy with a point from this away game.
Arsenal, though, are even stronger ahead of the Community Shield this weekend. The curtain raiser for the new season will feature last season’s FA Cup winners against the Premier League champions in the form of Chelsea. For Arsenal, it is familiar territory after having played at the new Wembley five times in the last two years. Chelsea also had good memories here last season when they won the League Cup title.
For much of his managerial career, Jose Mourinho has been quick to downplay the importance of records. After all, he has consistently maintained that no record will ever stand forever. Few would have expected Mourinho’s team to lose their unbeaten record at Stamford Bridge against a relegation threatened outfit like Sunderland in the 2013-14 season. The Portuguese will be more concerned about winning the Community Shield than maintaining his record against Arsenal. He said:
“I just want my teams, my clubs to try to get the best possible results. That’s the only thing that matters.
“Doesn’t matter Arsenal, doesn’t matter the manager. In football you can win or lose or draw. In this case you have to be ready for everything.
“I never made my victories over Arsenal an explosion of happiness or special pride. I will not make a drama if one day we lose.”
The gunners may have made only one big signing in the form of Petr Cech, but it is a signing that adds significant strengthening to the defensive area. It has often been an Achilles heel for Arsenal. Mourinho does not seem to think so, but he has been quick to label the gunners as title contenders for the upcoming campaign. He continued:
“I did it already. Inter against Chelsea. No problem. I don’t agree with you. I never felt weaknesses in their keepers.”
A victory in the Community Shield will not just dampen the positive spirit for Arsenal, but it also is likely to give the blues a major boost ahead of the new league campaign that begins a week later.
Chelsea have been immensely boosted by the news that both Diego Costa and Gary Cahill, who appeared to be major doubts for the game, have been passed fit.