Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger would come up against Jose Mourinho for the 11th time when both sides face off in the London derby tomorrow at the Stamford Bridge. Wenger has never beaten Mourinho but here are five reasons why it is the right time to break that jinx.
1. The pressure is on them.
While Arsenal rose high to beat Spurs last weekend, Chelsea suffered a shock defeat to Aston Villa away from home. The good thing about this is that now Chelsea are under pressure to avoid what would be a second straight loss in the league. Mentally, this should be a boost to the Arsenal side.
2. Chelsea haven’t been that great at home.
Though Mourinho’s home record is still intact, they haven’t looked all that comfortable at home. They needed a Joe Hart Howler to beat City and got lucky against Westbrom when they got a penalty they didn’t deserve. Even against Spurs where they ran out winners, they had help from a hapless Spurs defence. They are there for the taking if we can rise to the occasion.
Koscielny and Mertesacker.
Often when people discuss reasons why matches are won and lost, the front men are the focus. this hasn’t been the case for Arsenal this reason. These two men at the back have been the most important players all season long. They invariably remind me of the pairing of Vidic and Ferdinand at their prime winning games for United. If these two show up like they did against Spurs, then we will have a good chance of winning against Chelsea.
4. We’ve had more time to prepare.
Weekend games after European midweek engagements are not always the easiest and hopefully Chelsea’s game against Galatasaray would have taken its toll on the team. Fatigue is not uncommon in this kind of situations. It is advantage Arsenal here as the gunners have had a full week of rest and preparation.
5. It’s Wenger’s 1000th game.
There is no need to stress this any further. Been Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge, the boys will be super charged to go all out to put icing on Wenger’s cake and he sure deserves it.