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Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho

Chelsea play hosts to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Saturday where a win for either team will go a long way in realising their dreams of winning the Premier League title.

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Kick-off is set for 12:45pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 1 HD.


Chelsea are favourites going into this fixture, with Jose Mourinho unbeaten in 75 games at home in charge with the Blues at Stamford Bridge. His record against Arsene Wenger is unparalleled, having never lost to the Frenchman in 11 attempts, winning five and drawing six in all competitions. Both teams have met twice this season, with Chelsea winning the Capital One Cup fixture at the Emirates 2-0 while drawing the reverse fixture 0-0 in the league.

A win here for Chelsea will take them seven points clear of the Gunners and end whatever hopes Arsenal have of winning their first league trophy in almost a decade. However, a loss for the home side will allow Arsenal to go one point behind them and can trump the Blues with a win over Swansea in midweek.

The Blues come into the game on the back of a controversial loss to Aston Villa in the league. Willian and Ramires were sent off by referee Chris Foy for a double yellow and dangerous play respectively as Fabian Delph scored a beautiful back heel goal to put the Villans ahead. The Blues also had a goal disallowed from Nemanja Matic for hand ball.

Tomas Rosicky

Meanwhile, it will be a momentous occasion for Wenger as he embarks on his 1000th game in charge of the Gunners at Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman has changed the complete dimension of the club and has expanded their horizon, promoting Arsenal to among the most revered clubs in the world during his 18-year spell in north London. However, the 64-year-old has come under a lot of pressure in recent years for his failure to win a trophy with Arsenal, with the Gunners enduring a nine-year spell without any silverware.

A win here will go a long way in making the gap all the more shorter, with Arsenal also active in the FA Cup where they will face Wigan in the semi-finals at Wembley. There cannot be a better opportunity for the Gunners to hand Mourinho his first defeat at home and clinch the initiative to come back into the race for the top spot. Arsenal come into the game on the back of a morale boosting 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane which pretty much sealed their position in the top four.

What the Managers Say

Jose Mourinho: "The tribute is to say that I believe that any one of us, we would love to have the same privilege with our clubs. There are many ways of paying tribute. I love my career and the experiences I've had in my career, but he's in a position where everyone likes to be. I admire him and I admire Arsenal, because it's not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot."

Arsene Wenger: "I keep that[Comments on Mourinho] for myself. On Saturday I represent my club, I don't represent myself, and I will behave always in respecting the values of our club, and keep my own feelings far away from that. The next period is to deliver trophies and compete with everyone at the top level. We have great players, so I'm confident we can win trophies. The club has always supported me. Time will tell if I managed to make this club bigger than it was when I arrived, but I hope so. This club has given me a chance and I've turned many things down and shown my loyalty."

Eden Hazard

Form Guide


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W L W W D
  • Last Result: Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W D W L W
  • Last Result: Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal

Team News


  • Injured: Marco van Ginkel(knee), Ashley Cole(knee)
  • Suspened: Willian, Ramires
  • Doubtful: NA

Probable Line-Up: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Luiz, Lampard; Hazard, Schurrle, Eto'o


  • Injured: Aaron Ramsey(thigh), Mesut Ozil(hamstring),Abou Diaby(knee), Jack Wilshere(foot),Theo Walcott(knee)
  • Suspended: NA
  • Doubtful: Tomas Rosicky(ankle)

Probable Line-Up: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Rosicky, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud