Arsene Wenger’s side look the more fluent at the moment and are bursting with confidence. That could be enough against a Chelsea team who are still rusty. The recent Emirates Cup success may not be high on many Arsenal fans’s list this season but their impressive displays highlighted the ability in the next batch of young players coming through the ranks. The Gunners managed a 14 goal tally and conceded just once in their pre-season stint. Alex Iwobi, nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, scored and shone in the 6-0 demolition of Lyon, and Sunday could be a chance for the youngster to further stake his claim for a place in Wenger’s first-team squad.
Having signed Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who won four Premier League tittles and the Champions League at Stamford Bridge, there is an edge that may just favour Wenger’s men on Sunday. The 33-year-old, who won 13 major trophies during his 11 years with the Blues, attracted lots of interest from clubs around Europe but opted to join Arsene Wenger’s men instead. The Gunners could now possess the solidity at the back to complement their free-flowing attack. Cech will be facing his previous employers and it will certainly be interesting to see whether the pressure of the occasion will get to him. Cech will savour his chance to demonstrate why his still one of the best in the business.
Another major reason why this game is a must win is Wenger’s record against Mourinho. He has not beaten him in all competitions in 13 matches to date. To add fuel to this already great fire, Mourinho has taken every chance possible to disrespect one of the longest-standing managers in the English game with throw-a-way comments. He has previously called Wenger a “voyeur” and “a specialist in failure”. Wenger more than anyone needs to silently show that though he might be an old dog, but he can still learn new tricks, and walking past Mourinho and the Chelsea team to pick up the trophy could not be a better way to do so.
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