Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson has hit back at Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea coach’s latest comments about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Mourinho was responding to comments by Wenger that Mourinho was ‘afraid of failure’ by refusing to admit Chelsea were in the title race, despite being top of the table.
Mourinho responded to these comments by stating that Wenger was a ‘specialist in failure’. Arsenal legend Bob Wilson has branded these comments ‘disrespectful’ and ‘despicable’.
Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Wilson said about Mourinho:
"I think at best it was disrespectful, at worst despicable to be so dismissive of a genuinely good guy and a footballing man I think, whose presence in England in 17-18 years has opened eyes and ears and created wonderfully entertaining sides.
"It's obviously not the first time Mourinho has singled Arsene out. He called him a voyeur which is a disgusting claim and thankfully on that occasion he - although belatedly - he did apologise.
"I think it's personal, he is hugely talented, amazing manager Mourinho but I find - at this moment - I find him boring at the moment.
"To call (City boss Manuel) Pellgrini the abuse that he's called him to do with Arsene, this is a weekend when we honour a gent - Tom Finney, Sir Tom, and I don't like bullies."
Wilson has also compared Mourinho’s comments to his experiences with former Liverpool boss Bill Shankly, who was an expert in getting into the mind of his opponents:
"I think I heard the name (Bill) Shankly in there. Shanks was in a way, in his day like Jose Mourinho.
"It was every opportunity to just psyche you out or to come out with things.
"On a personal basis, I came out of Loughborough University and I got thrown into the Arsenal first team and I was putting tickets on the door when he took one look at me, knew exactly that I was an amateur school teacher and went to the Arsenal official there, (and said) 'Are Arsenal at full-strength tonight or is that Bob Wilson playing?'
“He was getting at you, but he was getting at you in a really lovely sort of competitive way."
Mourinho has refused to be drawn on his side’s title chances, maintaining the view that Chelsea are ‘not ready’ to win the Premier League, despite sitting top of the table and beating title favourites Manchester City 1-0.