Arsene Wenger today hit back at an extract from an upcoming book about Jose Mourinho, claiming he “certainly won’t read it.” The biography of the Manchester United boss includes an extract in which Mourinho was asked about Wenger and told a journalist that he would like to “break his face.” (via Arsenal.com)
The latest chapter in the story of Wenger and Mourinho’s feud has unfolded in the last few days. An upcoming book entitled, Jose Mourinho, Up Close and Personal by journalist Robert Beasley has made the headlines this morning.
An extract from the publication includes a jaw-dropping quote from the Manchester United boss. “When Mr Wenger criticises CFC and Man United over the deal with Mata,” Mourinho reportedly said, “I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.”
It’s an extraordinary remark and the topic was brought up today in Wenger’s press conference.
“Look I haven’t read the book and I certainly won’t read it so I cannot comment on that.” The Frenchman said coolly.
“I talk about football and that is all I do, I’m not in a destructive mode never, I’m more constructive so I cannot comment on that. I’m focussed on tomorrow’s game and on the way we want to play football.”
The rivalry between the two managers has escalated over the years, becoming far more personal. The pair have been involved in a touchline spat, a failure to shake hands after a match in 2015, and of course Chelsea’s 6-0 drubbing of the Gunners on Wenger’s 1000th game in charge. The book also mentioned Arsenal’s pursuit of Petr Cech from Chelsea last season and Mourinho’s anger at the whole episode.
The Arsenal boss seems a little calmer about the spat. “I personally am just focussed on doing my job and on respecting everybody else.
“This has nothing to do with our game tomorrow.”