Friday, 23 September 2016

ARSEN WENGER brushes off Mourinho's Threat To 'Break His Face'.....

Speaking at Arsenal press conference today ahead of the London derby clash between Wenger's team and Conte's team at the Emirate on Saturday late Premier League kick-off.

Arsen Wenger says he has no intention of reading the latest book on Jose Mourinho, which includes more derogatory comments about him.

The book, written by journalist Rob Beasley who recounts his dealing with Jose Mourinho, includes the claim that in 2014 the portuguese coach said of Wenger "I will find him one day outside a football pitch and i will break his face"

Wenger insists he doesn't have a personal problem with Mourinho, who did not have any input into the book personally.

From the Arsen press conference, when asked [Wenger] about his reaction to that threat, Wenger laughed and said: "Look 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 what I do. I'm not in a destructive mode, never. I'm more constructive and I cannot comment on that because I'm foccused on tomorrow's game [vs Chelsea] and the way we want to play."

Mourinho branded Wenger a "specialist in failure" two years ago and a "voyeur" in 2005, and their feud did turn physical when the Arsena boss pushed Mourinho in the chest during the Gunners' 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge last year.

Asked if he thought his relationship with Mourinho could turn cordial one day -- like his previous rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson. Wenger said: "It always finishes like that. I have no personal problem with anybody. I respect everybody in our game.
"I don't feel I comment a lot on other teams. Sometimes I may just 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 doing well in my job and respecting everybody else."

Wenger will come up against new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte for the first time at the Emirate on Saturday, but Wenger said he doesn't feel like the intensity of the rivalry has changed since Mourinho left the club.

"It was always just a big game and the personal rivalry that you suggest existed stronger before was never in my head a concern. It is a big game and Chelsea in the last 10 years had very, very strong teams. Wenger added:

"You realise that today as well. Before that period we are always beating them. After they were always the stronger team for a few years. Now it looks like it's a new era, where it's a bit more balanced again.

"We feel we are progressing at the moment so we have a good opportunity to grab that, to change what I call 'the inconvenient facts' of the recent years."



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