Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho’s public spat continues after the Chelsea manager dubbed Wenger “a specialist in failure” despite Arsenal’s recent FA Cup 2-1 win against Liverpool.
These two haven’t seen eye to eye for nearly a decade and they’ve once again whipped up a media frenzy with their latest war of words. The bickering started in 2005 when newcomer Mourinho began verbally jousting with Arsenal stalwart, Wenger.
In July 2005 Mourinho took his first poke at Wenger when he believed the fixture list favoured the Gunners and intimated his club was being treated as the devil, whilst Wenger was treated as an angel.
Wenger hit back with an attack on the Blues lack of flair, saying that “We live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger.”
Mourinho then accused Wenger of being a voyeur when he commented on Chelsea’s spending, comparing him to someone using a telescope to spy on other people’s homes, saying “it is a sickness”
Wenger replied with a comment that hit the verbal jackpot equivalent in size to the massive winnings you can enjoy at iPadcasino.ca when he stated that “When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.”
Mourinho couldn’t resist hitting back and made it clear he was more than happy to see his sparring partner in court, which kept them both quiet briefly, till 2007 when Wenger accused Mourinho of being a “chequebook manager” after Chelsea beat Arsenal and won the League Cup.
Mourinho’s satisfaction was short lived as he was sacked by Chelsea shortly afterwards, but he still found time to try and rile Wenger up, saying that the English liked their statistics, but “Do they know that Arsene Wenger has only 50 per cent of wins in the English league?”
Once reinstated at Chelsea, Mourinho continued his verbal attack and in 2013 he accused Wenger’s players of a “tradition of crying”. In 2014 Wenger complained about Mourinho’s underhanded sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United, to which the Blues manager replied “Wenger complaining is normal because he always does.”
Mourinho’s latest barb has been dismissed by Wenger as silly and disrespectful, but as past experience shows, we haven’t heard the last from Mourinho.