Wenger Gives A 'Matured' Reply To Mourinho's Threat

Arsene Wenger has laughed off suggestions made by Jose Mourinho that he would break his face.

Mourinho's comments were logged in a new biography of the Manchester United manager by football writer Rob Beasley, serialised by Sportsmail this week.

The Portuguese, who had previously branded Wenger 'a specialist in failure' told Beasley during a conversation in 2014: When Mr Wenger criticises CFC and Man United over the deal with Mata... I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.

The revelations add to an already burning feud between the pair but Wenger says he has no plans to read the book and the Arsenal boss instead insisted that he has no issues with anyone in the sport.

I haven't read the book and I certainly will not read it so I cannot comment on that. I talk about football and that's all I do, said Wenger ahead of Arsenal's clash with Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

I'm not in a destructive mood. Never. I'm more constructive and I cannot comment on that because I'm focused on tomorrow's game and the way we want to play football.

I have no personal problem with anybody, I respect everybody in our game and I don't feel I comment a lot on other teams. Sometimes maybe I say what I think but that's part of the way I am.

What is amazing is that this has nothing to do with our game tomorrow and I personally am just focused on just doing well in my job and respecting everybody else.

When quizzed on his intentions to pen his own memoirs, the Frenchman said: 

I will maybe make a book one day but I'm not ready for that yet.

Wenger's rivalry with Mourinho has its roots from the Portuguese's two stints as Chelsea manager but the Arsenal boss does not believe their personal battles were what made the fixture so intense.

Honestly, for me it was always just a big game and the personal rivalry existed stronger before was never in my head a concern, he said.

It's always a big game and Chelsea in the last 10 years have very strong teams. You realise that today as well.

Before that period we were always beating them, then they were the stronger. Now it looks like it's a new era, it's a bit more balanced again and we have a good opportunity to change what I call the inconvenient facts of recent years.

Daily Mail

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