Arsene Wenger is preparing to make history this weekend as he takes on his arch nemesis Jose Mourinho, a manager he has failed to defeat in 12 attempts.
The two managers clearly despise each other, and Mourinho’s return to England last season only reignited a feud which started in 2005.
During Mourinho’s first spell, he arrived into a league where the current champions had just gone a whole campaign without losing a game – our Invincibles in 2004.
Without beating around the bush though, our record against Chelsea is dreadful, and Wenger must make some amendments if we’re to overcome the mental block which seems to arise every time we face the Blues.
4. Tactical preparation
It is quite impossible to enter a game of this magnitude without a game plan, and when facing the best in the business in terms of tactics, Wenger must have our boys diligently prepared. Mourinho’s approach to this game is predictable, which should make the task easier. Two holding midfielders will likely be stationed in front of the back four, and given that they’re suffering a striker crisis, Mourinho would love a draw.
Their potency from counter-attacks are well documented, so for Wenger, the balance between dominating the game and preventing the gaps from appearing in our own half will be key.