Mourinho Content With Comfortable Steaua Victory

Jose Mourinho believes that his team was better on all occasions he has previously met Arsene Wenger, which is the reason behind his great head to head record against the Frenchman over the years.

The Portuguese manager has never lost to Wenger and a win here will take them above the Gunners in the league table and give their title challenge a boost.

The rivalry between the two managers began in 2004 when Mourinho transferred from Porto to Stamford Bridge. The Gunners were revelling on the back of their 13th league win while going the whole season unbeaten in 2003/04. The first encounter between the two managers ended in a 2-2 draw while the reverse fixture ended 0-0.

However, since then Mourinho has managed to scrape out more wins and his side will be looking to keep the record intact when they visit the Emirates.

Mourinho has already had the better of the Gunners this season in the Capital One Cup, where they won 2-0 with goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata.

However, both sides rested key players for the game, which was not a true reflection of their strength, something which will be tested when they meet in the Premier League.

A win here for Chelsea will see them go level with Liverpool while a win for the Gunners will keep them top over Christmas, a period which has a history of determining eventual title winners.

"It's not me against Wenger. It's my Chelsea against his Arsenal. And that [the head-to-head record] doesn't play Monday. It has no influence. That stat, for the game of Monday, means nothing. I just feel that we played better, we deserved more and we won these matches," Mourinho said.

"In my time I remember just one game where we were close to losing, which was a game at home where [Michael] Essien scored the equalising goal in the last part of the game [in the December 2006 Premier League draw].

"After that, even at the Emirates, playing with 10 men for 75 minutes we played a fantastic match and we drew 1-1 [in May 2007]. My memories are that against them we played very good matches. As a consequence of that we got good results," he said.