Friday, January 22, 2016

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Arsene Wenger still ready for a fight despite Jose Mourinho absence

Jeremy Wilson,

Image from article, with caption: Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho never saw eye to eye

Arsenal manager may have seen off his nemesis but he remains wary of Chelsea threat

Just the mention of Mourinho usually prompts a visible change in Wenger’s entire body language and, for all the denials, it is obvious that the absence of his old nemesis will drastically alter the mood around the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
Mourinho certainly still loomed over Thursday’s press conference. Yet rather than talk about him, Wenger preferred to suggest that it would not matter if it was Guus Hiddink, Stamford the Lion or even Gunnersaurus looking over from the away dugout at 4pm on Sunday. ...
Mourinho has subsequently led Chelsea to two trophies in the League Cup and Premier League but, by his own admission, they were out of the running to finish in the top four and even qualify for the Champions League when he was sacked one month ago.
Wenger has also subsequently won two trophies – a pair of FA Cups – and always maintained Arsenal in the Champions League. Add the Premier League this season and he will have been the undoubted victor in round two of a rivalry that, for all Thursday’s public diplomacy, has been just about as bitter, personal and compelling as it gets. ...

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