Following their defeat to Dinamo Zagreb during the midweek, Arsenal need to quickly bounce to winning ways when they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and the Gunners have now been handed a significant boost ahead of the encounter.
Chelsea’s star man Willian limped out of the game against Maccabi Tel Aviv and will be unavailable for the Arsenal clash, while summer signing from Barcelona, Pedro Rodriguez is also likely to miss the game although Jose Mourinho confirmed in his press conference earlier on Friday that the ‘we will have to wait’ concerning the Spaniard’s participation in the game.
Clashes between these two sides are always fesity and gruelling giving the animosity between Mourinho and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
With Chelsea’s best players in Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa not showing glimpses of the form they were in last term, Arsenal have a clear advantage with the absence of Pedro and Willian.
The Gunners have been tipped as favourites, by fans and pundits alike, to nick all three points at Stamford Bridge in the first local derby in the Premier League this season.
Hence, Mourinho’s curse appears to be Wenger’s blessing in this case. But knowing Mourinho, the Portuguese boss could employ another tactic to counter the threats that would be posed by Arsenal attacking stars. Although the self-acclaimed Special One also wants a win desperately, he would be avoiding a defeat to Wenger for the second time this season.