Jose Mourinho believes Arsene Wenger has a “dream job” and is struggling to understand why Arsenal are not one of the team challenging Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title this season.
Speaking as a guest on Sky Sports show ‘Goals on Sunday’, the Stamford Bridge boss made a number of interesting points in what was a surprisingly open and astonishing appearance, covering things such as the Nemanja Matic red card against Burnley, Sky’s coverage of Diego Costa and the current state of the Arsenal side.
Mourinho and Wenger have a spiky relationship, with the pair having public disagreements on more than one occasion and some may see these latest comments as little dig at the Frenchman at Emirates Stadium.
One of those spats came last season with Mourinho calling his counterpart a “specialist in failure”, to which Wenger responded by saying he was “embarrassed” for Chelsea that their manager would make such a comment – this latest comment by the Portuguese was reminiscent of that.
"I don't understand why they are not up there with Chelsea and Manchester City,” he said after reviewing the goals in the Gunners’ 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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"He has a dream job, everyone would love to have the security he has of being manager year after year after year. He won so many titles in a certain period and that gave him that credibility he deserves. He is obviously a fantastic manager. He has a fantastic situation to be successful.”
Mourinho Must Think
It may be that the boss of the Premier League leaders is simply praising his rival for the 19 seasons he has been in charge at the north London club, but it is difficult not to see a sly dig in among all the praise for the Gunners.
While there is no doubting that Mourinho is one of the best managers in European club football history, it is not outrageous to suggest he may have struggled to better what Wenger has done with Arsenal had he been shackled by similar financial restrictions for the same period of time.