Arsenal manager Wenger downplays spat with Chelsea boss Mourinho ahead of

It’s less enjoyable when it doesn’t go well but every manager in the game for a long time has to do deal with that.


Despite dropping his main man, Mourinho insists there is no rift between the pair.

So with that in mind, Football Fancast have made a decision to reverse all the usual anti-Wenger badgering – something I’m as guilty of as anyone – by considering what The Special One could learn from the considerably more modest Professeur.

“I do not consider too much where Chelsea stand. I focus on us performing well tomorrow. What is important is the quality of what we will see tomorrow morning at 12.45 and you want people to focus on that”. I’m not going to say it’s going to have an absolutely massive impact on the weekend, because it probably won’t.

Wenger was asked if he felt Chelsea were in decline. Because he’s on the bench for one game or I take him off at half-time, what’s the difference?’ “I leave that to the specialists and take care of my own team and my own problems”.

Meanwhile, Wenger has defiantly defended his shock team selection in the defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.

But the England global feels there is enough experience in the side to overcome their slow start to the campaign.

“Good victory, we need to win matches”. We are on a good run in the Premier League and it’s important now to look at that’.

The Czech goalkeeper was sold to the North London club for £10 million ($16 million, 14 million euros) in the summer and will make his first return to Stamford Bridge on Saturday with Mourinho still holding him in high regard after he spent 11 years with Chelsea.

The frosty relationship between the two managers was evident in the first game of the season, when Wenger refused to shake hands with Mourinho at the final whistle of Arsenal’s 1-0 win against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley.


As his side prepares to face the beleaguered champions on Saturday lunchtime, Wenger admits the Community Shield triumph may have stopped a “mental block” his players came up against when they faced Mourinho.

Branislav Ivanovic training for Chelsea