The flurry of facts and statistics gracing the world of the English Premier League in recent days congregate to highlight a regrettable truth in the world of Arsene Wenger. 12-0, in the 12 games he has been pitted against the ingenious Mourinho, he has never emerged victorious, an abysmal record that undoubtedly draws a wry smile to the face of the self-proclaimed “special one”.
Mourinho’s well documented appetite for the big occasion is never more prominent than when rooted in his technical area plotting the downfall of his arch rival, his ability to get under the skin of opposing players and managers alike was dramatically highlightedearlier this month as the frustrated Wenger, irked by Mourinho’s labelling of him as a “specialist in failure” among other derogatory comments led to the normally cool, calm and collected Wenger to well and truly blow a fuse as he squared up to the amused Mourinho.
Arsene fell into Jose’s trap and it was like shooting fish in a barrel for the Portuguese. In an extraordinary turn of events, the normally vilified Mourinho was portrayed as occupying the moral high ground.
Chelsea came out on top 2-0, and Wenger could only look on helplessly, as the Gunners crumbled before his eyes. Arsenal fans will undoubtedly be engulfed with a series of pressing questions, is Mr. Wenger displaying the traits of a man whose best days are behind him, are the glory days a thing of the past?
As Mourinho marches on in search of yet another league title, one can only feel that Arsenal’s only legitimate hope of success lies in the achievement of Champions League group qualification and a deep run into the competition’s latter stages.
The lack of progress at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger is highlighted by the almost annual vision of Arsenal occupying fourth place in the table.
One wonders whether the simmering feud between the two managers will eventually lead to the end for Wenger.
Arsenal continue their European campaign with a trip to Anderlecht tonight, K.O. 7:45pm.
Niall McIntyre, Pundit Arena.