Arsene Wenger v Jose Mourinho: Three games where the Arsenal manager has almost beaten the Blues boss

As Arsenal and Chelsea prepare to do battle on Sunday afternoon, it will give Arsene Wenger another chance to end his disastrous head-to-head record against his opposite number Jose Mourinho.

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The Frenchman is yet to taste victory in any competition against the Blues under the Portuguese manager in a run that now stretches to 12 games, and that record seemed to get the better of the former in the reverse meeting at Stamford Bridge back in October.

Since Mourinho’s return to the Premier League at the beginning of last season he has masterminded three victories in four games against the Gunners, and has conceded none, with the most comprehensive result being the 6-0 hammering at the Bridge which would have surely hurt Wenger even more than any other loss.

But it has to be pointed out that Wenger has come close to beating a Mourinho side on some occasions and we take a look at three examples:

Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea (December 2004)

Arsenal vs Chelsea

This was the very first meeting between the two managers just over a decade ago in a game that the home side will certainly feel aggrieved not to have come away from with three points.

Twice they took the lead through Thierry Henry but on each occasion they were pegged back by the Blues and in the dying stages of the game the French forward blasted an excellent chance from close range high and wide to deny Wenger a victory against Mourinho at the first time of asking.

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