Wenger ‘will not read’ Mourinho book

23 Sep

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (left) and Jose Mourinho


Wenger said sorry for shoving Jose Mourinho during a 2-0 defeat by Chelsea in October 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he “certainly will not read” a book in which Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho is quoted as saying he would break the Frenchman’s face.

Mourinho regularly clashed with Wenger while managing Chelsea, once describing him as a “specialist in failure”.

“I talk about football – that’s all I do,” said Wenger, 66, on Friday.

“I’m not in a destructive mode, never. I’m more constructive. I am focused on Saturday’s game against Chelsea.”

Mourinho, 53, described Wenger as a “voyeur” in 2005, after his rival questioned Chelsea’s transfer policy.

The Portuguese referred to Wenger as a “specialist in failure” in February 2014 after the Frenchman said other Premier League managers were playing down their title chances because they “fear to fail”.

In the aftermath, Mourinho is quoted – in a book serialised in the Daily Mail – as saying: “I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.”

Wenger, who apologised for pushing Mourinho during a 2-0 defeat by Chelsea in October 2014, said: “I have no personal problem with anybody. I respect everybody in our game.

“What is amazing is that this has nothing to do with our game. I am just focusing on doing my job well and respecting everybody else.

“Maybe I will make a book one day but I am not ready for that yet.”

Wenger’s Gunners host Chelsea in Saturday’s 17:30 kick-off in the Premier League.

How do Gunners deal with Costa?

Arsenal lost both league games against Chelsea last season and were hindered by players being sent off.

Gabriel Paulista was dismissed after a clash with Diego Costa, and Santi Cazorla was also sent off, when they were beaten 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in September 2015.

Centre-back Per Mertesacker was red-carded for hauling down Blues striker Costa in the reverse fixture.

“How we play will be important but also how we behave,” said Wenger.

Asked about dealing with Costa, he said his players needed to be “completely cold-blooded and just focus on the game and not respond”.

He added: “Just try to eliminate his qualities and his game. You need to be committed but by respecting the rules of the game.”

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