5 Reasons Wenger May Defeat Mourinho For The First Time On Sunday

5 Reasons Wenger May Defeat Mourinho For The First Time On Sunday

This weekend's pre-season community shield match between Arsenal and Chelsea pitches two rival coaches, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho against each other.

And more than ever, Arsenal manager, Wenger, will be seeking to defeat his eternal rival for the very first time in thirteen encounters in all competitions.

5 Reasons Wenger May Defeat Mourinho For The First Time On Sunday
Arsenal and Chelsea FC battle for the Community Shield this weekend

Mourinho has won seven and drawn six of the 13 matches, but he seems to be looking to cement his place as Arsene Wenger's all time nemesis, especially in the English League.

Legit.ng sports brings you five reasons Frenchman, Wenger, might just get one past his Portuguese counterpart in a match which will be the season's opener ahead of the commencement of the 2015/2016 EPL season.

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1. The Peter Cech factor

The self styled 'Special One' sold


Peter Cech, arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world to Arsenal during the transfer window and the gunners are already tipping the Champions League winning goaltender to come through for them.

5 Reasons Wenger May Defeat Mourinho For The First Time On Sunday
Peter Cech moved to the Emirates stadium this summer and will pose a great threat to his former side

While Cech has always been in the opposition against Arsenal in previous encounters, he would be put in the fray as the point man to save Chelsea from Arsenal and he would want to prove a point to Mourinho, who relegated the experienced goalie to the bench following the return from loan of Thibaut Courtois last season.

His experience will also come in handy as both sides clash at the Wembley stadium on Sunday afternoon.

2. Wenger seeking to prove Mourinho wrong

Last season, both manager clashed during an EPL encounter, and the Chelsea boss referred to his Arsenal counterpart as a 'Specialist in failure', a statement which Arsenal fans and football pundits did not find funny.

The former Madrid manager also slammed the Frenchman last week, stating that he (Wenger) spent a lot last season, but Chelsea still won the league.

5 Reasons Wenger May Defeat Mourinho For The First Time On Sunday
Arsene Wenger wants to end the jinx against him by Jose Mourinho

The Community Shield encounter will present Arsene Wenger an immediate opportunity to bounce back from Mourinho's mind games and tirades, and also clear his unenviable record against Chelsea under the 'Special One'.

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3. Absence of Drogba

Legendary striker, Didier Drogba, left Chelsea for the Major League Soccer MLS League this week after spending many years in the English top flight.

And as the tormentor-in-chief of the Gunners over the past years, his absence this weekend will bring a relief to the Arsenal defenders, who are always being bullied by the bulky striker.

5 Reasons Wenger May Defeat Mourinho For The First Time On Sunday
Didier Drogba had been the thorn in the flesh of the Gunners in recent past

Whether or not he plays, Drogba's presence in the team sends cold shivers down the Arsenal players' spine and no mater how they play, they always end up losing to the former Ivorian captain's bullying tendencies.

Arsenal fans can now watch with relief to see how their team matches up to the Chelsea side without the talismanic striker.

4. Cohesion in Arsenal

As at the time of filing this report, Arsenal had not bought any player apart from the players they prosecuted last season with, a sign that the players are likely to play with more cohesion this season.

5 Reasons Wenger May Defeat Mourinho For The First Time On Sunday
The cohesion in the Arsenal side is likely to spur them to victory

Chelsea's new additions; Asmir Begovic and Radamel Falcao, are likely to feature in this weekend's encounter, and may not have come to terms with the pattern of the ever critical Chelsea manager.

Reports also suggested that Diego Costa may not feature for "The Blues" as he is reportedly down with injury, but the Gunners seem to be flying at the moment as there are no reports of any injuries within their camp.

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5. Mourinho's overconfidence

Although he is not one known to be complacent, Jose Mourinho might play into the hands of Arsene Wenger on Sunday.

With his recent comments against the former Monaco Manager, Mourinho may have tried to start his traditional mind games against the Gunners in a bid to unsettle them.

5 Reasons Wenger May Defeat Mourinho For The First Time On Sunday
The self-styled special one is likely to be overconfident going into this encounter

This might also lead to complacency on his part, a characteristic that Wenger might try to capitalise on to prove that he is not a "Specialist in failure".

With all of Arsenal's players in top shape and their blazing pre-season form, the Gunners may just teach the outspoken Mourinho a lesson ahead of the Premier League opener.

Source: Legit.ng

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