Arsenal's invincibles vs. Chelsea XI: player-by-player comparison (1)

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been at pains to insist his side won't be repeating the exploits of Arsenal's incredible 'Invincibles' side from a decade ago, but after a blistering start to the season from the Blues you can see why that lofty comparison has been made.

Mourinho's astute summer signings have turned Chelsea into the team to beat this season, with Diego Costa showing a rare killer instinct in the final third and former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas pulling the strings in a roving midfield role.

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Arsene Wenger's record-breaking side would surely take some stopping though, with a formidable spine featuring proven big-game players in Sol Campbell, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.

The Blues also have the same mix of physically imposing style and guile that made Arsene Wenger's record-breaking side so special, but who would win if the two teams squared off in a titanic tussle?

GiveMeSport has attempted to answer that question by examining the very best XI each Arsenal and Chelsea side in question could field and rating those players out of 10, but there's some tough choices at every step of the way.

Formation is a stickler for a start, with the game moving on from the days where Arsenal's 4-4-2 was standard, despite Wenger's commitment to attacking football being at the heart of that system.

For that reason we'll make Chelsea accommodate to fit our player-by-player profile, which means Diego Costa will have to take on the might of Henry and Dennis Bergkamp on his own.

It's a direct clash of styles and philosophies, but does the current Chelsea side have the quality to match or even surpass the crowning achievement of Wenger's near two-decade long stay in North London?

Let's find out...

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