Jose Mourinho gives surprising reaction to Arsene Wenger's new deal at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have produced one of the biggest managerial rivalries in football in the past decade or so.

The Frenchman and Portuguese will always be remembered in the Premier League for their touchline spats and pre and post-match digs during press conferences.

It has had fans talking over the years, while Mourinho was at Chelsea over the course of his two spells at Stamford Bridge, and now at Old Trafford with Manchester United.

Perhaps the war of words hasn't been so strong in recent times compared to years gone by but, to some extent, the rivalry still exists.

While Mourinho is set to enter his second year as United boss, Wenger will continue his reign as the longest-serving manager in the Premier League after signing a new two-year deal in May.

A large proportion of Arsenal's supporters were calling for Wenger to not be offered a new contract at the Emirates, following last season's fifth-placed finish.

But it appears their FA Cup final victory over Premier League champions Chelsea helped the Frenchman over the line in securing a new deal, which was set to expire this summer.

Mourinho lauds Arsenal's "fantastic treatment"

It's hard to imagine Wenger managing another club, or indeed for the Gunners to be without the 67-year-old in their technical area.

And, quite astonishingly, Mourinho praised Arsenal's decision to offer their long-serving boss a new deal - despite the club's failure to qualify for the Champions League this upcoming season.

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"The way Wenger was treated, I think two more years of contract is fantastic treatment," Mourinho said per the Mirror, at a United press conference while on their pre-season tour in Los Angeles.

"That is what every manager wants, to be strong enough to make their own decisions to forget the media opinions, the pundits’ opinions and the supporters' opinions.

Manchester United boss praises Wenger

"I think Mr Wenger got exactly what every manager wants. A strong club, two more years of contract and conditions to try to win titles. Fantastic treatment from the Arsenal board. That is what he deserves and that is what every manager wants."

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Many would have anticipated the former Chelsea boss firing a taunt at his adversary but, on this occasion, Mourinho was feeling complimentary of his rival.

It comes as a slight surprise, given Wenger's failures in Europe last season and falling down the pecking order amongst the Premier League's top clubs. 

But time will tell if Mourinho was right to praise Arsenal's decision to uphold their loyalty to Wenger.

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