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Wenger hits back at Jose

Wenger labels Mourinho a permanent provocateur in latest war of words

October 19, 2020 By Ali M.
The Special One trolled the former Arsenal boss over his autobiography, but Le Professeur has made sure to hit back.

Arsene Wenger's days at the helm of Arsenal may be long gone, but this has not stopped his feud with Mourinho from adding a new chapter. The Frenchman, having endured an infamous war-of-words with the Special One during their time together in the Premier League, is in the midst of a fresh exchange with the Portuguese tactician.

This latest chapter sparked after Le Professeur released his autobiography titled "My Life in Red and White" in which he recounted his time in north London. The now Chief of Global Football Development at FIFA opened up in great detail about his rivalry with the iconic Man Utd gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson, but there was no mention of Mourinho in Wenger's book. 

When asked about this, the Tottenham boss gave his thoughts on this matter, throwing in a jibe along the way. The Special One stated that his omission from the book is down to Wenger's failure to beat him.

"You are not going to do a chapter about 12 or 14 matches and never win one so why should he speak about me in his book?" Jose said prior to his side's 3-3 draw with West Ham. "A book is a thing to make you happy, to make you proud so I understand perfectly the situation."

The Frenchman has now hit back, labeling Mourinho as a permanent provocateur while also slamming Jose's self-centered approach. Speaking to Canal Football Club, Arsene said: "It doesn't bother me. It is permanent provocation. I feel like I'm in kindergarten with him. But, that's part of his personality.

"It's wrong, we beat him twice. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not 'you' who wins, you only participate in the victory. It is 'us' who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team."

Wenger has been giving several interviews in which he gives his two cents on the latest issues in the beautiful game. Not too long ago, he opened up about his desire to get rid of the UEFA Nations League and weighed in on the controversial "Project Big Picture" proposal led by Man United and Liverpool.

Additionally, he has also gone candid about the number of clubs he had offers from during his heydays at Arsenal. Real Madrid were one of many admirers, with the Spanish giants making two attempts to lure him to Santiago Bernabeu, both of which were rejected.

"Yes, I have refused them twice," the Frenchman added. "But I was committed [to] what I had undertaken. We had built the stadium, and we had to pay."


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