Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have never been the best of friends.
The pair have clashed on numerous occasions over the course of their 12-year rivalry, both on the pitch and through verbal digs in the media.
While Mourinho boasts the upper hand in their head-to-head record, Wenger is today celebrating 20 years in charge of Arsenal – a feat his rival has never shown any sign of replicating at his previous clubs.
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The Frenchman and the Portuguese are set to square off once more when Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Saturday 19 November.
But in the meantime, plenty of talk is likely to come out of a newly released book written by a journalist who has worked closely with Mourinho for many years, Rob Beasley.
Wenger – unsurprisingly a regular feature in 'Jose Mourinho Up and Personal' – has been asked about Mourinho’s comments in the new book during his pre-match media conference.
The 66-year-old responded to the question, per James Olley, saying: “I haven’t read the book and I certainly will not read it. I cannot comment on that. I talk about football.”
While Wenger is obviously eager to ensure the focus remains on the Gunners’ match against Chelsea at the Emirates this Saturday, surely he will not overlook the inflammatory details revealed in Beasely’s book.
After squabbling with Wenger over Juan Mata’s £37 million transfer from Chelsea to United in 2014, Mourinho produced arguably his most bitter attack published in the book, telling the author: “I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.”
Up Close and Personal also describes how Mourinho claimed an anonymous Arsenal player texted him after Arsenal beat Manchester City in January 2015, suggesting Wenger had no influence on the result.
The frosty relationship between Mourinho and Wenger can only be made worse by the release of such malicious information, setting up an ever more intriguing clash between the two men in November.
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