Arsenal star Mikel Arteta has jumped to his manager’s defence against claims made by Jose Mourinho earlier on in the season which branded him a “specialist in failure”.

According to the Daily Mail the Spaniard was less than happy with Mourinho’s comments on Arsene Wenger which struck out at his lack of success in recent years. Arteta responded angrily to the jibes made by the Chelsea boss and was quick to state his belief that Wenger is far from a failure.

“If you analyse everything he has done for this club, if he is a failure — I have a different opinion,” he said.

“‘I don’t like it when someone criticises any of my team-mates, the staff, the manager, the club.

“When they are right, maybe you can accept that everybody makes mistakes. But when he (Mourinho) comes in a certain way, I don’t like it. We don’t need to answer to anybody.”

Of course Wenger’s recent record with regards to major trophies doesn’t make for ideal reading for Gunners’ fans. It’s been almost nine years since their F.A Cup victory in 2005, and supporters continue to grow impatient with their team’s inability to compete with their fiercest rivals. In contrast Mourinho has enjoyed lavish helpings of glory on the continent, having won a famous treble with Inter Milan before ending Barcelona’s unerring dominance by way of capturing the La Liga title with Real Madrid.

Both Wenger and Arteta will know that this weekend presents Arsenal with the best chance to banish their demons when they square up against Hull City, but a loss could be damning. The last time the north London giants took part in a major final was in 2011 when they suffered a shock defeat at the hands of that season’s relegation fodder, Birmingham City.

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