Wenger insisted he was provoked and hence reacted in the heat of the moment. The Frenchman lost his typical composure and shoved Mourinho in the chest during the game at Stamford Bridge.
After the Chelsea game Wenger said:
No, what is there to regret after that? I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me in between without any sign of welcome.
B was Alexis, to see how badly he was injured.
I trust that you will teach me all the moral lessons over the next three weeks and I can accept that. But I’ve been in the game long enough to give it the right weight.
I can try to push you and when I do you will see what my pushes are really like. It was a little one.
Wenger went over to check Alexis Sachez after he was brutally tackled by caveman Cahill. Mourinho stood in the way of Wenger and the Frenchman shoved Mourinho in the chest before the Chelsea boss retaliated by pulling Arsene’s tie.
Today Wenger said:
They gave too much importance to this story. In hindsight I think I should not have reacted at all, it’s not a way to behave on a football field.
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I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise, but that’s part of games where everything is manic – and then we have quite a substantial past.
Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea’s technical area.
It’s not as if Arsene choked Mourinho, injected him with a deadly virus or tortured him to death in a cell. Just a mere shove and a rant has brought so much media attention. We are not bothered about what the press say or the words that Mourinho grumbles, the bottomline is Arsene Wenger has once again proved he is a class act.