Has there ever been a better time for Arsene Wenger to get his first ever win over Jose Mourinho? Chelsea must be nailed on to win this years Premier League trophy, but if Arsenal want to seriously believe that they can win it next season, then they simply have to prove they can beat the best teams.
Arsenal are in their very best form, with nine wins in a row, and having beaten Manchester City, United and Liverpool since the turn of the year they have every right to believe that Chelsea will be there latest scalp at the Emirates on Sunday.
Jose’s side have not been playing well lately, although scraping wins anyway, so on form Arsenal would be hot favourites if not for the “hoodoo” that Mourinho holds over Wenger. The Gunners legend Charlie Nicholas is adamant that it is time for Arsenal to break that run. “It’s high time that Wenger and Arsenal proved a point against Chelsea – I just think it’s Arsene Wenger’s time to say ‘we are getting closer’,” Nicholas said on SkySports.
“Chelsea are going to be champions, even if Arsenal win this, but this is the first time in a long time I’ve gone into a Chelsea match thinking Arsenal will adapt to whatever happens.
“They need to win the game to make it interesting, but at the same time they don’t want to get caught out in the first half-hour of the match, because when Chelsea go in front, they don’t lose.”
“That’s just a fabric of Jose Mourinho – he’s absolutely the best at managing a lead to get the result he requires, like he did against Manchester United.”
Mourinho’s biggest problem right now is how to score without a striker! All three of Costa, Remy and Drogba are doubtful for the game, so it will be even harder for Chelsea to get past David Ospina. Mourinho would probably be happy with a draw and will park the bus, but we must find a way through and increase the pressure on Mourinho. Let’s make it TEN wins in a row!
Onwards and Upwards!