Arsene Wenger has hit back at Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s dig that Arsenal are ‘boring’ because they haven’t won’t a Premier League title in ten years.
After the Emirates faithful chanted: ‘Boring, boring Chelsea,’ towards the end of last week’s 0-0 draw between the two clubs in apparent displeasure at the Blues lack of ambition going forward, Mourinho said that he thought more than a decade without a league title was actually more tiresome.
However, responding to the comments for the first time, Wenger almost suggested that Mourinho had shown disrespect with his comments and that a proper manager should respect his counterparts.
“You can have incidents with other managers sometimes, Wenger said according to the Daily Mail.
“It gets a bit heated when you fight directly with them, but in the end I believe time heals and the important thing is to respect each other as much as you can.
“The biggest thing for a manager is to respect other managers. Some people have to improve on that. Look, everybody lives with his own internal problems and I live with mine. That’s enough.”
In the wake of Leicester City coach Nigel Pearson’s incredibly bizarre outburst at a journalist, Wenger also revealed that he too has been close to a similar reaction over his years as a manager.
“Many, many, many times. You know you have to control yourself and remain in control and polite and respectful. But of course sometimes you feel that people are not respectful of you,” he said.
Whilst the Frenchman also discussed the 13-point gap between Arsenal and Chelsea, with the Blues having played a game more, and whether this was a true reflection of the difference in quality between the two sides.
“That’s always very difficult to say because when you fight for the championship, you win some games because you smell you can do it, not because you’re fourth or fifth. It doesn’t always represent the value of the team.
“The gap is a gap and they have been more consistent than us from the start of the game. They had a very strong start and that kept them going until the end.”