0-5-4: Arsene Wenger’s record against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. It’s a stat that “means nothing” according to Jose Mourinho. The complete record is below:
- 29 Oct, 2013: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea (League Cup fourth round)
- 6 May, 2007: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (Premier League)
- 25 Feb, 2007: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (League Cup final)
- 10 Dec, 2006: Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 18 Dec, 2005: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea (Premier League)
- 21 Aug, 2005: Chelsea 1-0 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 7 Aug, 2005: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (Community Shield)
- 20 Apr, 2005: Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 12 Dec, 2004: Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea (Premier League)
Arsenal have scored just 6 goals against Mourinho’s Chelsea sides and only two goals once. Chelsea have scored 13 goals and two goals 5 times. 19 goals in 9 matches is an average of just 2.1 goals per match. This is ironic considering it was Jose Mourinho who coined the term parking the bus. Playing to a 0-0 draw against Tottenham, Mourinho said:
As we say in Portugal, they brought the bus and they left the bus in front of the goal. I would have been frustrated if I had been a supporter who paid £50 to watch this game because Spurs came to defend. I’m really frustrated because there was only one team looking to win, they only came not to concede – it’s not fair for the football we played
2 of those matches were closer than you might remember. The 1-1 from 2006 required a wondergoal from Essien at the end of the game to preserve Mourinho’s unbeaten home record. Incidentally, Flamini was the Arsenal player who scored in that match (Hleb assist). And the 1-1 in 2007 where Arsenal took the early lead off a Gilberto penalty, Chelsea had Boulharouz sent off, and again Chelsea were rescued by Essien. Eboue had a chance to win in the 93rd minute but his shot crashed off the bar.
4-1-8: Arsenal’s record against Chelsea since Mourinho left. Chelsea have scored 25 times in those matches and Arsenal just 15. 40 goals in 13 matches is an average of 3 goals per match.
- 20.01.2013: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 29.09.2012: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea (Premier League)
- 21.04.2012: Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
- 29.10.2011: Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 27.12.2010: Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea (Premier League)
- 03.10.2010: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 07.02.2010: Chelsea 2-0 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 29.11.2009: Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea (Premier League)
- 18.04.2009: Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea (FA Cup Semi-Final)
- 10.05.2009: Arsenal 1-4 Chelsea (Premier League)
- 30.11.2008: Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 23.03.2008: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League)
- 16.12.2007: Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea (Premier League)
The last two times Arsenal faced Chelsea (without Mourinho), the Blues were a bit lucky to get the wins. In September of last year, Chelsea took just 10 shots, with just one shot from the danger area — Torres’ opening goal where he clearly fouled Koscielny but the referee saw nothing wrong. Both Chelsea goals were scored off set pieces taken by Juan Mata. And then in January, Mata scored the opener after Ramires wrecked Coquelin in midfield and Lampard scored a penalty. That was Chelsea’s second shot from the danger area. Mostly, Arsenal kept Chelsea shooting from distance and in the second half, looked the far better team.
Juan Mata has scored in each of his starts against Arsenal (4).
Theo Walcott scored his first Arsenal goal against Chelsea in the League Cup final.
He has since scored a total of 5 goals against Chelsea, his second best haul against any one team. (Newcastle – 6, Spurs – 5, Chelsea – 5).
Mike Dean has refereed Chelsea more than any other team, 51 times.
Arsenal are second on his list, 47 times.
In Dean’s last 20 League matches with Chelsea, the Blues have only lost twice, both times to Man City.
In Dean’s last 20 League matches with Arsenal, the Gunners have only won three times.
Arsenal have won the last two matches that Mike Dean refereed.
Arsenal led the League in possession for every season since 2011, Arsenal are currently 9th in possession and Chelsea are currently 3rd best, but that’s largely because of their home stats: they are only 7th best in away games.
In home games, Arsenal are 4th in the League in tackles per game with 21.1, in away games Chelsea is 4th worst in tackles per game with 17.6.
Chelsea are 3rd best in shots per game in away games with 16.3, Arsenal are 9th best in shots per game on home games with 14.5.
Arsenal are 9th best in home defense, allowing just 10.9 shots per game (number 1 is Southampton with 9.2),
Chelsea’s away defense is 4th best in the League, allowing just 11.6 shots per game.
Arsenal, however, have forced the opposition to take 56% of their shots from outside the 18 yard box and the opposition are converting just 3% of those shots.
In the last 4 games, Chelsea have taken 53% of their shots from distance and are converting an amazing 11% of those shots.
In the last 4 games, Chelsea have allowed the opposition to take 11 shots in Prime Areas (the 6 yard box plus the area in front of the penalty spot) where they have scored 5 times and have only taken 13 shots in those same areas where they have scored 4 times.
In the last 4 games, Arsenal have taken 17 shots in prime areas and have only scored 3 times but the opposition have taken just 11 shots in prime areas against Arsenal and have scored 5 times.
All five of those goals were in the Manchester City match.
PS: Will post tomorrow, Tuesday, my thoughts of the week. Hopefully Arsenal get a win!