Arsene Wenger unfazed by Jose Mourinho's 'permanent provocation'


Arsene Wenger unfazed by Jose Mourinho's 'permanent provocation'

Arsene Wenger has taken no note of Jose Mourinho's criticisms of his new autobiography, with the Frenchman claiming that the touchline clashes with the Portuguese manager making him feel like he was in kindergarten again.


Wenger's autobiography, named 'My Life in Red and White', documents his 22 years at Arsenal, but during the whole book, it does not mention his duels with Mourinho, with the Portuguese manager's Chelsea side dethroning Wenger's 'Invincibles' side in 2004-05, followed with another title win in 2005-06.


Mourinho claimed that the reason for his omission from the book came because "he never beat me".


However, when speaking with Canal Plus, Wenger said "It doesn't bother me. It's permanent provocation."


He added "I feel like I'm in kindergarten with him. But that's part of his personality."


The rivalry between the two veteran managers reached a boiling point in 2014 during a match between Arsenal and Chelsea, when the pair physically clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.


After 14 attempts, Wenger finally beat Mourinho, who once called him a "specialist in failure", and eventually Wenger beat him again, thus coming out on top on just two occasions out of the 19 meetings between the two.


Wenger claimed that Arsenal "beat him twice." and that amongst those games "there were also a lot of draws".


He concluded by saying "It's not 'you' who wins, you only participate in the victory. It's 'us' who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team."


Wenger left Arsenal in 2018, and shortly after he was appointed by FIFA as the chief of global football development, whilst Mourinho is the manager of Arsenal's arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur.