Wenger reveals reason for snubbing Mourinho in his book

Date published: Saturday 24th October 2020 10:32

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Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he didn’t include Jose Mourinho in his autobiography because he was conscious of talking about managers still with clubs.

Wenger and Mourinho seemed to bury the hatchet on a rivalry that started with the latter’s appointment at Chelsea in 2004.

But the Tottenham manager seemed to take the Arsenal legend’s decision to omit him entirely from his autobiography a little personally.

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“Because he never beat me!” Mourinho said recently. “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?

“A book is a thing to make you happy, to make you proud so I understand perfectly the situation.”

However, Wenger has now clarified why he chose to leave Mourinho out of his book by claiming he didn’t want to include active managers.

Wenger told the Daily Mail (via The Metro): “I think I managed 1,235 games for Arsenal and I controlled myself for 1,225. The other 10, well…

“But every time I didn’t I regretted it because I hadn’t behaved as I should and I felt responsibility towards the club for that.

“Sometimes I thought I was provoked or resented the behaviour of somebody else. Some games I went in with an aggressive level above what it should be, so it didn’t take much to go overboard.

Wenger added: “It was a bit like that with Jose Mourinho but now it has calmed down. That is why in the book I only speak about Ferguson because we are not in the job any more.

“Ferguson was a bad loser, like me. I didn’t want to talk about managers like Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola, who are still working.”


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