As we approach the start of the English Premier League, we gear up for yet another clash between Chelsea’s manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. The two managers will bump heads on Sunday in the Community Shield, which pits the League winners against the FA Cup winners at the iconic Wembley Stadium. The match will serve as a precursor to the English Premier League season, where the two managers are expected to be in the running for the title.
The two managers are known to have a frosty relationship and seem to share a mutual dislike of each other. This week has already seen Mourinho start the verbal jabs, with Wenger giving some verbal jabs of his own in response. The verbal duals seem to have just added spice to the rivalry of the London based clubs and supporters of both clubs will be licking their lips for the season ahead.
Mourinho may have had the better of the exchanges over the years but the tide seems to have turned for Wenger and Arsenal. With the debt of the Emirates Stadium virtually paid off, the club has been able to hold onto their best players. With the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez and the rise of players such as Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny, many believe that Arsenal now have a squad with the depth and quality to challenge and win the English Premier League.
But Arsenal will not only be competing against Chelsea for the title, they will also have to deal with the two Manchester clubs and Liverpool. Manchester City will be looking to redeem themselves after a disappointing season. Manchester United and Liverpool have recruited heavily in the transfer market, splashing the cash with the hope of it bringing glory to their clubs.
Arsenal and Wenger though, will be opportunistic ahead of the new season. The team has had a good pre-season despite not having their star player, Alexis Sanchez, available due to his involvement in the Copa America. We are set for another exciting season of English football and Sunday’s clash will give us a chance to evaluate both sides’ readiness for the season ahead.