The FA Community Shield takes place tomorrow, pinning the previous season’s Premier League winners against the defending FA Cup champions.
This season features Chelsea vs. Arsenal, as the Gunners aim to win their second straight Community Shield after defeating Manchester City in last year’s match.
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While many have picked Arsenal to be the team to dethrone Chelsea for the Premier League title this season, history says they may have difficulty beating the Blues tomorrow.
Why? Because Arsene Wenger has never beaten Jose Mourinho in their previous 13 meetings.
Last season Chelsea defeated Arsenal 2-0 and drew 0-0, with the two rival managers clashing on the touchline during the Gunners’ loss.
When Mourinho was asked if he had ever had a lengthy winless streak against another manager, his reply was simple. “No. I think I lost twice against Tony [Pulis]. I lost against Crystal Palace and against West Brom.”
A classic Jose response, almost a jab at Wenger, as there was more than a year between those two losses and Tony Pulis switched clubs in the process.
The Community Shield may have no significant meaning, with Mourinho himself saying it has no relation to the rest of the season, but you can guarantee both managers will look at tomorrow’s match as having a little extra something to it, even if they won’t admit it.
Wenger said the match is not just a friendly, as he wants his side to continue their good form that has seen the Gunners score 14 goals in four preseason matches.
Tomorrow will be a good look at both sides’ first-team lineups, as the starters tomorrow will likely be the starters when the Premier League kicks off next week. A win for Arsenal would give the Gunners added confidence that they have what it takes to win the league, while a win for Chelsea would be another stroke for Mourinho’s always entertaining ego.