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Thierry Henry claims Arsenal enjoy playing Chelsea without Jose Mourinho

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Arsenal usually enjoy games against Chelsea when Jose Mourinho is not in charge of the west London outfit, according to club legend Theirry Henry. 

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Premier League showdown between the London giants, the Sky Sports pundit has insisted that his former club have a great chance of beating Guus Hiddink's side. 

Arsenal, of course, are in contention to secure the title this season while Chelsea, who landed the trophy last term, are sitting in 14th position. 


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After suffering defeat at the hands of the Blues at Stamford Bridge earlier this season, the Gunners will be desperate to make amends on home soil. Henry certainly expects Arsenal to produce the goods on Sunday. 

"What better chance will Arsenal have to play against the wounded Premier League champions, at home, and make a statement that they are in for the title?" Henry told Sky Sports News HQ.

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"Despite that, I feel this game could deliver a mixed message because Chelsea are not performing at the moment.

"If Arsenal go and hammer Chelsea people will attribute that to Chelsea's poor form. However, if Arsenal win a tight game people will say they suffered against Chelsea. We will see on Sunday what they can do.

"Let's not forget that Arsenal have a great record against Chelsea when Jose Mourinho is not the coach, they usually enjoy those games."

Huge clash 

There's no getting away from the fact that this weekend's fixture still represents a huge game for Arsenal. Chelsea may well be suffering right now but they will be extremely determined to get the better of their rivals. 

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If Arsenal rest on their laurels, then they will lose; it's as simple as that. But Wenger will know that and should have his side up for the challenge. 

Wenger's side certainly have the class and nous to secure all three points but will they be able to hold their nerve in what looks set to be another big occasion for all involved?

Will Arsenal beat Chelsea on Sunday? Have your say below! 

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