Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has officially apologised for his clash on the touchline with Chelsea manager José Mourinho during his side’s 2-0 away loss. The Guardian carry the quotes from Wenger who accuses Mourinho of provoking him to show “signs of violence”.
Wenger admits the media made more of the story than he thinks they should have but said sorry for raising his arms at Mourinho: “In hindsight I think I should not have reacted at all, it’s not a way to behave on a football field. I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise, but that’s a part of games where everything is manic.”
Wenger, 64-years-old, doesn’t just leave the spat there though, he accuses Mourinho of provoking him to the point of violence and references the pair’s troubled past together. He said: “We have quite a substantial past. Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea’s technical area.” Wenger was speaking to French television show Téléfoot who Mourinho had earlier spoke to about the incident when he commented: “I have no words to explain what everybody saw in those images.”
Arsène Wenger has been at Arsenal since 1996 and had a superb late 90s, early 00s with the club. He has won 3 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups and 5 FA Community Shields with the Gunners but in recent seasons has been rattled by José Mourinho who famously labeled him a “specialist in failure”. Upon his return to Stamford Bridge in 2013 the rivalry has been re-ignited.
José Mourinho joined Chelsea for the first time in 2004 and between then and 2007 he won 2 Premier Leagues, an FA Cup, an FA Community Shield and 2 League Cups. He has never lost to Wenger in 12 meetings between the two on the sidelines and this has given Mourinho a physiological advantage over Wenger each time they clash.
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