Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has blasted Jose Mourinho after the Tottenham head coach claimed he was left out of the Frenchman’s book because ‘he never beat me’.
The duo were huge rivals during their time together in the Premier League and Wenger tasted victory against the Portuguese coach just once during his career.
Despite the flare-ups between both coaches, Mourinho was not mentioned in Wenger’s autobiography and his absence seemed peculiar because of the long history between the two.
Mourinho was quizzed about his omission from Wenger’s book in Friday’s press conference and he gave a bullish response.
‘Because he never beat me,’ said Mourinho. ‘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?’
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‘A book is a thing to make you happy, to make you proud so I understand perfectly the situation.’
The duo appeared to put their issues aside by the end of Wenger’s time at the Emirates but he has now fired back by accusing the Tottenham manager of constant provocation.
‘With him it’s constant provocation,’ Wenger told Canal Plus. ‘I feel like I am at kindergarten, but that is part of his personality.’