The war of words between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho has been a consistent staple of the Premier League ever since the latter returned to England from Real Madrid.
It’s our delight to inform you that the latest strike in the duel comes from Wenger, and takes the lead spot in our Arsenal roundup today. I mean, what could be more interesting in Le Prof engaging in a spat with The Special One, even if Mourinho looks to have secured yet another Premier League title?
You’ve got that and more to look forward to in today’s compilation of Arsenal-related ongoings, so let’s get stuck in.
Wenger vs Mourinho
When Mourinho suggested that it must be ‘boring’ for Arsenal not to have won a Premier League title in the last decade he must have been expecting a response from Wenger. The Frenchman, as we’ve already stated, has taken the bait, although his methods aren’t as gung-ho as one might expect from a man whose credentials were virtually called into question by a bitter rival.
In what can only be taken a subtle snipe Wenger indirectly accused Mourinho of needing to improve the respect he shows fellow managers, opting to focus his comments around the pair’s touchline spat from last season.
The Gunners boss claimed certain individuals needed to show more respect and, whilst not naming Mourinho specifically, it’s pretty clear he had the Portuguese in mind.
"The biggest thing of managers is to respect each other and some people have to improve on that," Wenger said.
"You can have incidents with other managers. It is a bit heated when you fight directly with them but in the end time heals and what is the most important is to respect each other as much as you can."
What next from arguably the Premier League’s two most distinguished managers? Your turn, Mourinho.
Moving onto the transfer front Arsenal fans can take heart from the latest rumours concerning Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan. The Germany international has already confirmed he won’t be signing a new deal at the Signal Iduna Park, leaving the door open to make a move to another European superpower.
Whilst Manchester United and Bayern Munich both rank amongst his suitors it’s now believed Wenger is ready to throw Arsenal’s hat into the mix as he looks to improve his midfield. Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin is another known target, but the addition of Gundogan would certainly go down well at the Emirates Stadium.
Meanwhile Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has made clear his disappointment at not being chosen by Wenger to join his back-room team.
The legendary former midfielder, who is considered one of the Premier League’s best ever, hinted he would have liked to join Arsenal upon hanging up his boots in 2011. Of course he now works for rivals Manchester City.
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