Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta has hit back at Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, claiming that his comments about Arsene Wenger being a ‘specialist in failure’ are baseless.
Arsenal will be looking to win their first trophy in nine years on Saturday when they take on Hull City at Wembley in the FA Cup final.
A long time without a trophy for Wenger, prompting Mourinho to make the ‘failure’ comments about the Frenchman back in February.
Arteta, speaking ahead of the final, has hit back at Mourinho and defended his manager,
"If you analyse everything he has done for this club, if he is a failure — I have a different opinion," Arteta was quoted saying by The Independent.
"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."
However, Arteta has questioned Wenger’s policy about only offering 12 month contracts to
players over 30 at the club.
The Spaniard is 32 himself and only has 12 months remaining on his current deal, he plans to discuss his future at Arsenal after the cup final this weekend.
Arteta added: "I don’t value players by age, whether it is Tomas Rosicky or Jack Wilshere. I analyse many other things before age.
"For the club, age can be an asset. For me, a much bigger asset is someone who has played over 125 games in three years, compared to someone who has played 25 and is 20."
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