Arsene Wenger has refused to confirm whether or not he will shake hands with Jose Mourinho after the boss avoided him during our Community Shield win last month, The Guardian reports.
There is no love lost between the two coaches and since Mourinho decided to take their rivalry personal with his “specialist in failure” jibe, there seems to be genuine animosity between them.
The focus was on their non-handshake at Wembley, but the vivid observers among us will have noticed that Wenger hasn’t shaken Mourinho’s hand since he made those comments.
Four fixtures have gone by, which includes their touchline confrontation last October at Stamford Bridge and we should give up on any potential reconciliation between the managers.
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“I won’t tell you more that I just told you,” Wenger stated when asked whether he was intending to shake hands with Mourinho.
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“I have nothing more to say about this situation.”
Wenger cannot afford to suffer another defeat to Mourinho on Saturday afternoon with the Frenchman yet to defeat the Chelsea boss in the Premier League.
Having rested a number of players which resulted in our defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night, another defeat would put immense pressure on the boss.