Jose Mourinho says Arsene Wenger's desperate hunt for a trophy will force him to play a full strength side in the Capital One Cup clash tonight.
Arsenal face Chelsea in the fourth round of a competition that both teams have historically used to give young hopefuls a chance in the first team.
The Chelsea boss believes Wenger will scrap that to give his side the best chance to qualify for the quarter finals and end their eight year trophy drought
Mourinho thinks Chelsea are at a disadvantage because of a hectic fixture list and is preparing for Wenger to take advantage of his tired squad at the Emirates.
“I think [Wenger will play a stronger team] because it’s Chelsea and they want to try to win a title,” said Mourinho. “The Capital One Cup is the first one they can win in the season and people have given us one day to rest and they’ve had two.
“What I’m thinking is a question mark. Because Arsenal doesn’t win a title for a long time, do they do this to kill us before the game or is it just occasional? One team play 12.30pm on Saturday another play 4pm on Sunday.
“Another team play against Crystal Palace, the other against Manchester City and now we have to play on Tuesday. For me it’s a question mark. I won’t play youngsters but I won’t play the players that played against City.
“But we have a Chelsea shirt, a few thousand supporters and we will give our best.”
Arsenal have not won a trophy since triumphing in the FA Cup in 2005. During that time they have reached the League Cup final twice, enduring defeats to Birmingham and Chelsea - the last time the London clubs met in the competition.