Mourinho's jinx

Arsene Wenger breaks Mourinho’s jinx

If you missed Sunday’s Premier League action, you must’ve missed the super cracker between Arsenal and Manchester United. In that game, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger came closer to breaking Jose Mourinho’s jinx as Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners at the Emirates.

If there’s any Premier League manager that gives Arsene Wenger the creeps, it’s none other but Jose Mourinho. The former Chelsea manager has asserted his superiority over Arsene Wenger in English football by handing the French manager some of his most embarrassing defeats as manager.

Having suffered an astounding eight defeats at the hands of Mourinho, managed six draws and won only once, it’s obvious that Mourinho had grown to become Arsene Wenger’s, boogie man. With the perpetual possibility of always suffering defeats to a Mourinho-led team, it’s no surprise both managers rarely see eye to eye.

In some meetings, both managers had nearly come to blows, as Mourinho’s antics grew increasingly unbearable for Arsene Wenger.

Analysis of Mourinho’s jinx on Wenger

During his time as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho lined up his team, fifteen times against Arsene Wenger’s men. In those meetings, Mourinho conquered Arsene Wenger on eight occasions. The Frenchman did get a sweet 1-0 victory over Mourinho in the community shield in 2015; however, that victory was dwarfed by humbling defeats to Mourinho, which dates back to 2004.

Their first encounter was on December 12, 2004. Wenger’s men were cruising to victory following two strikes from prolific French striker, Thierry Henry. However, goals Eidur Gudjohnson and John Terry ensured a share of the spoils.

Both managers squared up again in the league on 20th April 2005. Again they could not be separated. At that point in the season, Chelsea was already coasting to their first Premier League title in 50 years, having opened up an 11-point lead with just five games left to play.

Mourinho’s first defeat of Arsene Wenger came on 7th August 2005 in the community shield. The men in Blues ran out 2-1 winners against Arsenal. This time, Didier Drogba was the man to do the damage; the Ivorian scored twice.

Mourinho’s jinx on Arsene Wenger continued a couple of weeks later, as his side, Arsenal, were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea in the Premier League on 21st August 2005.

The nightmare continued for Arsene Wenger when on December 18, 2005, his side lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. That win helped Chelsea stretch their lead over Arsenal in the title race to 20 points.

On December 10, 2006, Arsene Wenger’s men were so close to their first league victory over Chelsea in two years, but Michael Essien’s superb shot, with six minutes left, ensured that Mourinho’s unbeaten home record remained intact following a 1-1 draw.

The hostility between Arsene Wenger and Mourinho got even more bloody in the League Cup final fixture of February 2007. That game saw three red cards and John Terry being rushed to the hospital. However, Didier Drogba’s two goals ensured a 2-1 victory for Chelsea.

When both managers met in the Premier League in May 2007, it ended in a 1-1 stalemate. That draw ended Chelsea’s title challenge.

After being sacked by Chelsea in 2007, Jose Mourinho returned in 2013 to beating Wenger. This time, he led Chelsea to a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal in the league cup in December 2013.

Wenger’s most humiliating defeat to Mourinho came on 22nd March 2014. It was Arsene Wenger’s 1000th game as Arsenal manager and it ended in a horrendous 6-0 defeat to the gunners as the Blues ran riots.

The contest between both managers turned a bit physical when Wenger shoved Mourinho in the fixture played at Stamford Bridge on 5th October 2014. Chelsea still ran out 2-0 winners on the day. It was Mourinho’s eight defeat of Arsene Wenger.

The jinx gets broken?

Perhaps Arsene Wenger can have the last laugh after all. Last weekend, his side produced a decent performance against a Jose Mourinho-led Manchester United as goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck, secured a 2-0 victory.

That victory was Arsene Wenger’s second ever victory over Mourinho in 13 years. That win would come quite handy for Arsenal as they continue to chase Champions League qualification with a top four finish.

Has Arsene Wenger finally broken Mourinho’s jinx? We’ll find out in subsequent fixtures between both managers.

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