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Arsene Wenger’s Record Against The 11 Chelsea Managers He Has Faced Makes For Interesting Reading

Arsene Wenger is celebrating his twentieth anniversary as Arsenal manager this week, and does so against the very model of managerial instability.

Antonio Conte is the latest man to try his hand at the Chelsea dugout, in an environment that can be very unforgiving under an owner who is more than happy to pull the trigger without a moment’s hesitation.

Premier League winners, Champions League winners, World Cup winners – all of who have fallen victim to the impatient whims of Roman Abramovich.

Wenger, on the other hand, has been the very model of longevity at the Emirates (to a fault, some might argue), and is take to take on his twelfth Chelsea managerial opponent on Saturday evening.

So how has he fared against the others?

Ruud Gullit (1996-98)

May 1997: A portrait of Chelsea manager, Ruud Gullit, at the Chelsea training ground for the FA Cup preview in London, England. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt /Allsport

Wenger’s Record: P 4 W 4 D 0  L Win Percentage: 100%

Wenger arrived after Arsenal had already played Gullit’s Chelsea in one of their first few games (a 3-3 draw), but enjoyed a 100% record when they finally did meet. In fact, Gullit’s last game in charge of Chelsea was a 2-0 defeat at Highbury.

Gianluca Vialli (1998-2000)

Sport, Football, F.A.Charity Shield, Wembley,13th, August, 2000, Chelsea 2 v Manchester Utd 0,Chelsea Manager Gianluca Vialli (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 7  W 3  D 2  L Win Percentage: 43%

Vialli’s first match in charge as player-manager at Chelsea was against Arsenal in a League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, where he duly overturned a 2-1 deficit to beat the Gunners 3-1 and knock hem out. Vialli would repeat the trick the following season as his side demolished Wenger’s understrength Gunners 5-0 at Highbury.

One of Vialli’s last games in charge saw his side throw away a 2-0 lead late on to draw with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Claudio Ranieri (2000-2004)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Arsenal's French coach Arsene Wenger (L) looks over as Chelsea's Italian coach Claudio Ranieiri (R) watches the F.A Cup fifth round match Arsenal vs Chelsea at Highbury in London 15 February 2004. Arsenal won 2-1. AFP PHOTO Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 15  W 8  D 6  L Win Percentage: 53%

Wenger only ever lost to Ranieri once. He nearly always got the better of him in the league, bested him in the cup three times (including the 2002 final), but the one time his team faltered was the 2004 Champions League quarter final second leg at Highbury, where they lost 2-1. And in the invincible season, no less.

José Mourinho (2004-2007 & 2013-2015)

UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: (L-R) Chelsea and Arsenal managers Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC Via Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 15 W 1  D 6  L Win Percentage: 7%

One of the fiercest rivalries in Premier League history, one need only look at alleged Mourinho quotes to understand the hatred that the now-Man United boss has for his Arsenal counterpart. It’s not as if Wenger consistently beat him – just once did the Gunners prevail and that was in a Community Shield game.

Highlights include beating Wenger in the 2007 League Cup final, and ruining his 1,000th match in charge by demolishing Arsenal 6-0.

Wenger’s biggest adversary, and the one mountain he cannot conquer.

Avram Grant (2007-08)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 15: Avram Grant (L), manager of West Ham United talks to Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground on January 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 2  W 1  D 0  L Win Percentage: 50%

No sooner had Mourinho left than Wenger’s Chelsea hex had been lifted, enjoying a 1-0 win at the Emirates before losing the reverse fixture to interim manager Avram Grant.

Luiz Felipe Scolari (2008-09)

LONDON - OCTOBER 21: Luiz Felipe Scolari of Chelsea talks to the press during a press conference before the UEFA Champions League match between Chelsea and Roma, at Stamford Bridge on October 21, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 1 W 1  D 0  L Win Percentage: 100%

Scolari was at Chelsea for so short a space of time that he only got to face Wenger once, going down to a 2-1 defeat to the Frenchman in November 2008

Guus Hiddink (2009 & 2015-16)


Wenger’s Record: P 3  W 0  D 0  L Win Percentage: 0%

Guus Hiddink, Chelsea’s firefighter-in-chief, had a much better time of it than most of his predecessors. Hiddink faced Wenger twice in the league across two spells, winning both (including a 4-1 win at the Emirates) as well as triumphing in an FA Cup semi-final in 2009

Carlo Ancelotti (2009-2011)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 07: Chelsea Manager Carlo Ancelotti (R) and Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger speak during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on February 7, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 4 W 1 D 0  L Win Percentage: 25%

Wenger lost twice without even scoring against Ancelotti’s double winners in 2009/10. though he did at least enjoy a 3-1 win against the Italian the following season.

André Villas-Boas (2011-12)

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: (L-R) Andre Villas-Boas the Spurs manager and Arsene Wenger the Arsenal manager speak prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at White Hart Lane on March 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 1  W 1  D 0  L Win Percentage: 100%

Another for whom Wenger’s opposition was brief, but the 5-3 win at Stamfod Bridge might just have been the most entertaining game these two sides have played against each other in years.

Roberto Di Matteo (2012)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: (L-R) Eddie Newton, caretaker manager of Chelsea Roberto Di Matteo and Steve Holland look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 2  W 0  D 1  L Win Percentage: 0%

Di Matteo didn’t last particularly long at Stamford Bridge (despite winning the Champions League and FA Cup) but still picked up a win at the Emirates after a 0-0 draw closed out the previous season.

Rafa Benítez (2012-13)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Manager Rafael Benitez of Napoli talks to manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal during the match between Arsenal and Napoli at Emirates Stadium on August 3, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Wenger’s Record: P 1  W 0  D 0  L Win Percentage: 0%

Another of Roman Abramovic’s firefighters. Rafa Benítez was only in charge for one game against Arsenal while at Chelsea – but enjoyed a 2-1 win in January 2013.

Antonio Conte (2016-)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea reacts during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

The latest manager in Wenger’s sights, though with a poor recent record against Chelsea, is it to be another bad evening against the Blues for the manager?

Total Record Against Chelsea: 55  20  15  20  Win Percentage: 36%

Win Percentage (four games or more):

  • Gullit – 100%
  • Ranieri – 53%
  • Vialli – 43%
  • Ancelotti – 25%
  • Mourinho – 7%

Looking at the statistics, one-off games against interim managers are one thing, but of the repeat clashes, the Arsenal boss’s record against Chelsea has tanked ever since José Mourinho first called him out.

Pre-Mourinho: 26  15  8  3  Win Percentage: 58%

During and Post-Mourinho: 29  5  7  17  Win Percentage: 17%

Saturday’s encounter gives him a fresh start once again against a brand new rival in Conte, to finally banish a demon that has plagued him since the days of Mourinho.

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