There is so much bad blood between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger that the news that Petr Cech moved to North London was at first unbelievable and then seemed a minor miracle.
The two sides mirror their last season’s squad with the main addition for the Gunners being Cech while Chelsea have replaced Drogba with Radamel Falcao.
But the main news will be whether it will finally be hurrah for the French coach over his arch-nemesis. Will it be 14th time lucky for Wenger on Sunday when he takes his side, complete with Chelsea legend, Cech, face off with Jose Mourinho at Wembley?
The last time these two sides met in this particular match was in 2005 and the Blues triumphed 2-1. Arsenal’s main Blue nemesis, Didier Drogba (now departed), scored twice and Cesc Fabregas [now of Chelsea] scored the consolation for the Gunners.
Mourinho has tagged Sunday’s match as been between a friendly and EPL match but Wenger will be buoyed by the stat that the only time FA Cup winners went on to win any of the last five editions of the Community Shield was last season when they triumphed 3-0 against a listless Manchester City.
But one thing we can be sure about is whatever the result on Sunday; Mourinho will still have something to say!
Head-to-head record between Mourinho’s Chelsea and Wenger’s Arsenal
December 12, 2004:Arsenal 2 – 2, EPL
Chelsea had to come from behind twice in their first encounter and Mourinho had Eidur Gudjohnsen and John Terry to thank for the draw. After this struggle, it has been almost plain sailing for the Portuguese against the Frenchman.
April 20, 2005: Chelsea 0 – 0 Arsenal, EPL
The game was almost meaningless, as Chelsea had built up an unassailable lead of 11 points with five games to play in the season. That helped the Blues win a first league title in 50 years.
August 7, 2005: Arsenal 1 – 2 Chelsea, Community Shield
They met at the start of the 2005/06 season and Didier Drogba scored twice [first of many goals scored against Arsenal] and Cesc Fabregas scored the gunners’ consolation.
August 21, 2005: Chelsea 1 – 0 Arsenal, EPL
Again the ‘Drog’ as Drogba was affectionately called at Stamford Bridge scored for Chelsea as they nicked a slim win on their way to defending their title.
December 18, 2005: Arsenal 0 – 2 Chelsea, EPL
Chelsea scored through Arjen Robben and Joe Cole to go 20 points clear of the Gunners’ who suffered a third successive league loss for the first time in over 10 years.
December 10, 2006: Chelsea 1 – 1 Arsenal, EPL
It was set to be Wenger’s first triumph and at Stamford Bridge before Michael Essien intervened in the 84th minute with a swerving thunderbolt that went in off the post from all of 35 yards.
February 25, 2007: Chelsea 2 – 1 Arsenal, League Cup final
Mikel Obi featured prominently in this one that almost descended into all-out fracas. Abou Diaby also booted John Terry’s head and the Chelsea captain had to be taken to the hospital with three red cards produced.
May 6, 2007: Arsenal 1 – 1 Chelsea, Premier League
Chelsea’s title challenge faded away at the Emirates and it was again Essien to Mourinho’s rescue with a 70th minute equalizer after Gilberto Silva had given the Gunners the lead in the first half through a penalty kick.
October 29, 2013: Arsenal 0 – 2 Chelsea, League Cup
Mourinho had traversed Italy and Spain with Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Wenger’s side succumbed to the loss after goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata.
December 23, 2013: Arsenal 0 – 0 Chelsea, EPL
Chelsea came and packed the bus and got a 0-0 result even though an Arsenal victory on that day would have taken them top of the table, over Liverpool.
March 22, 2014: Chelsea 6 – 0 Arsenal, EPL
A cataclysmic result for Wenger on his 1000th game in charge of the Gunners and the match also came with some drama as Referee Andre Marriner mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs instead of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
October 5, 2014: Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal, EPL
The tiff finally reached tipping point as the normally cool and collected Wenger shoved Mourinho on the touchline. But Chelsea still got their customary win with goals from an Eden Hazard penalty and Diego Costa, with the assist coming from Cesc Fabrega .
April 26, 2015: Arsenal 0 – 0 Chelsea, EPL
Chelsea came to the Emirates and literally parked the bus to eke out a 0-0 result that was almost like a win. The players led by John Terry celebrated exultantly at the end of the match on their way to a first league title in five years.
August 2, 2015: Arsenal vs. Chelsea, Community Shield
And it all starts again…
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