Right time for Arsene to end Jose hoodoo

Arse­nal have never earned a win over a Mour­inho side in the league

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E ver since Jose Mour­inho waltzed into the Premier League back in 2004, the Por­tuguese man­ager has al­ways en­joyed clashes with Arsene Wenger’s Arse­nal.

In fact, Wenger has never tasted vic­tory in the league when Mour­inho has been in the op­po­si­tion dug out.

The duo have been pit­ted against one an­other on 11 oc­ca­sions, with Mour­inho com­ing out on top on five oc­ca­sions and six games end­ing in a draw.

Wenger’s only vic­tory over Mour­inho came in the Com­mu­nity Shield in Au­gust 2015.

But in all of those games, Mour­inho was in charge of Chelsea. And in the main it was a Blues side con­tend­ing for league ti­tles.

But this time around Mour­inho is un­der im­mense amounts of pres­sure as he at­tempts to re­store Manch­ester United to for­mer glo­ries.

So far it has not been go­ing well for the self-ti­tled ‘Spe­cial One’, with United fans un­happy at his team’s per­for­mances and his se­lec­tion pol­icy.

United find them­selves down in sixth place, hav­ing al­ready lost three times this sea­son.

Mean­while, there is re­newed hope among the of­ten pes­simistic Arse­nal sup­port­ers hav­ing not seen their side lose since the open­ing day of the sea­son against Liver­pool.

The Gun­ners may only be two places above United but there is a sense of op­ti­mism thanks to the won­der­ful foot­ball be­ing played in par­tic­u­lar by Me­sut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

There is also steel in the Arse­nal line-up thanks to sum­mer sign­ings Granit Xhaka and Shko­dran Mustafi.

Com­bined with the fire­power up top, Arse­nal have con­ceded less and scored eight more league goals than United.

With Mour­inho also un­able to call upon tal­is­man Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic, due to sus­pen­sion, United could find it dif­fi­cult to break down a dogged Arse­nal de­fence.

The Gun­ners may have only won three times at Old Traf­ford in 24 league matches, but the time ap­pears right for Wenger to fi­nally break his Mour­inho hoodoo.

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