Arsene Wenger has sought to defend his record against Jose Mourinho ahead of Saturday’s eagerly-anticipated clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Gunners boss has not beaten Mourinho in their last 13 competitive games but goes into the match already six points ahead of the Red Devils in the Premier League table.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Wenger insisted he will be focusing solely on playing Manchester United and not the controversial Portuguese.
“You know, we didn’t lose always. We have beaten them and there were many draws as well,” he said via the official Arsenal website.
“I think I have won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here and I do not make of this game a competition between two managers. It’s between two clubs and two teams and I think I can understand that people want to create controversy, but it’s not that that makes the audience. What will make the audience is the quality of the game.
“Look, I don’t think I have to describe our relationship. He will fight for his team and I will fight for my team and I think that’s completely normal.
“We have seen a few games since the start of the season where we didn’t respond completely to the expectation level between two big teams, and I think it’s important that it’s a top level game because that will be watched all over the world. For the reputation of the Premier League, it’s important that the quality of the game is good. That will be down to the players who are on the pitch.”
“I think it is Arsenal against Man United and we have all won and lost games on both sides. You do not consider you play against a manager, you play against a team and you analyse the strengths and the weaknesses and that is it.”
Wenger was also asked if he would shake hands with Mourinho after the game and insisted he would have no problems greeting the Manchester United manager.
He added: “Of course. I respect the ritual that is so important in the Premier League.”