For our few neutrals here in the Football Transfer Tavern, they can’t wait for the next Arsenal and Chelsea fixture to come around given the sheer intensity and fireworks that are now going off seemingly every time both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho meet.
After Wenger refrained from shaking Mourinho’s hand following the Gunners’ 1-0 victory over the Blues on Sunday, the Portuguese tactician failed to show up for the Premier League’s annual get together before the start of the season and with his whereabouts unknown, it appears he’s riled at present.
Chelsea are of course locked in competiton tonight in their last pre-season friendly against Fiorentina but it’s certainly the case that Sunday was a new feeling for Mourinho who experienced his first ever loss against the Arsenal manager.
Other than Manchester City of course, many are tipping Arsenal to be Chelsea’s main challengers in the Premier League title race this time around and with many of the Gunners squad fit this pre-season, we’ve finally been able to appreciate the strength in depth they possess.
They will have to keep them all fit of course and this is a problem Chelsea haven’t had to deal with so readily with their medical team always seemingly being able to keep their top pros fit for key periods in the season.
With injuries being an inevitability at some points in the season, utility members of both Arsenal and Chelsea’s squads will need to be called upon but with these players often weaker than the first selections, we’ve identified who they are in our worst combined Gunners and Blues XI.
Click on the image below to reveal the worst combined Arsenal and Chelsea XI.