Arsenal beat Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at their own game using a defensive strategy that saw Chelsea Unable to break through Arsenal's defence
On January, Arsenal beat Man City by 2 goals at the Etihad to end Man City’s 12 game unbeaten run against Arsenal. During this game, Arsene Wenger abandoned his open game plan and instead chose to defend in order to make sure that Man City did not come close to Arsenal's side.
Right from the start, there were times when all 11 of their players were defending deep in City's half.
Mourinho has now accused Wenger of using this strategy against Chelsea in the Wembley Crash between Chelsea and Arsenal in the Community Shield.
Jose Mourinho accused Arsenal of “leaving their philosophy in the changing room” and continually frustrated Chelsea by locking up the game through a defensive tactic.
Chelsea did most of the attacking during the match only to come head to head with Arsenal’s tight defence.
Arsenal went into a full defensive mode after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave them the lead in the 23rd minute when he beat Courtois with a ball to the top left corner of the chelsea goal using his left foot.
Mourinho Went straight to attacking arsenal’s tactics during the post match press conference..
You [the media] like to say that the team who defends very well doesn’t deserve to win and I have to go in your direction and say the best team lost and the defensive team won. But I also have my opinion. My opinion is that the team that defends very well and the team that leaves their philosophy in the changing room and changes their philosophy and leaves 10 players behind the ball and play the whole second half with nine players in front of the box. This is football, this is very good tactical organization. In that perspective they scored one goal, they deserved to win.
Asked whether he believes that Arsenal has abandoned their dressing room philosophy, Wenger said:
We have abandoned nothing. Our game is based on solidarity and defending well and attacking well. I believe today yes, we defended, because there was a little bit of a psychological aspect there. They were concerned when we went 1-0 up to protect than lead rather than to play. I don’t think that is not giving up your philosophy.