Jose Mourinho claims Arsene Wenger is a “specialist in failure”
Chelsea manager hits back at Arsenal counterpart after Wenger claimed that Mourinho was afraid of failure
February 14th, 2014
A new war of words between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger erupted on Friday when the former claimed that the Frenchman is a “specialist in failure”.
This followed comments from the Arsenal manager on Friday morning that aside from himself and Manuel Pellegrini, other top flight managers were unwilling to claim their team were Premier League title contenders due to an apparent “fear of failure”.
Mourinho has previously courted controversy by describing Wenger as a “voyeur” during his first stint at Stamford Bridge, with the Chelsea boss finding it hard to resist the latest barbs aimed in his direction.
Mourinho said: “He is a specialist in failure. I’m not.
“So if supposing he’s right and I’m afraid of failure, it’s because I don’t fail many times. So maybe he’s right. I’m not used to failing.
“But the reality is he’s a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that’s failure. If I did that in Chelsea I’d leave and not come back.”
Arsenal supporters will point to the fact that their club has a far smaller transfer and wage budget than their London counterparts, with Chelsea regularly spending over £100 million during the transfer window to sign world-class players.
Chelsea lead the table by one point ahead of Arsenal, with both teams involved in tricky FA Cup ties this weekend where the Blues head to the Etihad Stadium, while the Gunners will entertain a Liverpool side who recently beat them by a 5-1 scoreline.