Mourinho vs Wenger: The 14 Biggest Bust-ups


With Chelsea and Arsenal going head-to-head on Sunday, we thought we'd recap the key moments that have defined an infamous rivalry between the two men in the dugouts.

It would be fair to say Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger haven’t seen eye-to-eye throughout the years. They first met as coaches in December 2004 and the pair have been getting on each other's nerves ever since.

Let's take a trip down memory lane... 

 

1. Wenger: 'Chelsea have no flair'

Somewhat surprisingly, it was Arsene Wenger that started it all. Perhaps frustrated by the attention Chelsea's handsome, charismatic new gaffer was receiving back in the summer of 2005, Arsene laid down a marker: “We live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger.” Suddenly a rivalry began. 

 

2. Mourinho: 'Wenger is a voyeur'

“Wenger is one of these people who is a voyeur," announced Mourinho in October 2005. "He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.” Ooh la la!

 

3. Wenger: 'Mourinho is stupid'

The Frenchman was understandably annoyed by the 'voyeur' comments, and hit back at Jose soon after: "I find it out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful," said Wenger. "When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent."

 

4. Mourinho: 'We have a file of Wenger quotes'

Next it was Jose's turn to stoke the flames once more. Asked about Wenger's remarks, he said: "We have a file of quotes from Mr Wenger about Chelsea in the last 12 months - it is not a file of five pages. It is a file of 120 pages." And with that, the rivalry looked set to stay. 

 

5. Mourinho: 'Arsenal are no angels'

 

“Some clubs are treated as devils, some are treated as angels," noted Mourinho at the height of the bitterness in 2005. "I don’t think we are so ugly that we should be seen as the devil and I don’t think Arsene Wenger and David Dein are so beautiful that they should be viewed as angels.” Touche, Jose!

 

6. The premature handshakes

 

 Having watched his Chelsea side cruise to a comfortable victory over Arsenal in 2005, Jose rubs salt in the Wenger wound by celebrating early. 

  

7. Mourinho: 'Wenger is a 50% manager'

Mourinho was out of work in April 2008, but that didn't stop him having a go at his old foe. "The English like statistics a lot," noted Jose in an interview. "But do they know that Arsene Wenger has only 50 per cent of wins in the English league?" Maybe the British press hadn't noted that stat at the time, but Jose made damn sure nobody ever forgot it! 

 

8. Mourinho on Arsenal’s trophy drought...

In November 2010, Mourinho was on top of the world and his stock was higher than ever. He'd just left Inter Milan as treble winners and taken over at Real Madrid. But that didn't stop him picking fun at an under pressure Wenger: "Maybe Wenger should explain to Arsenal fans how he cannot win a single little trophy since 2005," he teased.  

 

9. Mourinho: 'Arsenal's players are cry babies'

 With The Special One back in the Stamford Bridge hot seat last year, it didn't take him long to renew his feud with Wenger, branding Arsenal 'cry-babies' - see the video above...

 

10. Mourinho: 'I left early to tell wife the score'

 It was only the second time they'd locked horns since Jose returned to the Premier League, but it became the day Chelsea asserted their authority over Arsenal with a 6-0 thrashing of the Gunners. Somewhat comically, Jose found a new way to rub salt in Wenger's wound post-match, this time leaving early, as if he was almost bored of watching his team humiliate Arsene's. 

 

11. Wenger: 'Mata sale was a surprise' 

Arsene Wenger may seem like the victim in a lot of these exchanges, but he obviously enjoys the battle. None more so than in January 2014, when he went out of his way to query Mourinho's motives in the sale of Spanish playmaker Juan Mata to Manchester United. "I am surprised because Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent," Wenger said. "It opens up again a question because Chelsea have already played twice against Man United so they don't play again. They could have sold him last week before the United game, but they waited."

 

12. Mourinho: 'Wenger is a specialist in failure.'

 This is one of the most famous jibes of them all. Enjoy the video!

 

13. Wenger: 'Mourinho is embarrassing'

 

“I am embarrassed for him. Honestly," was Wenger's riposte to the 'specialist in faliure' jobe. "I am more disappointed for Chelsea than for me. I am not interested in the subject at all.”

 

14. Mourinho: Monsieur Polite

 

The press just love to ask Jose his thoughts on Wenger, and the Portuguese can't help but get involved in the soap opera. Asked about a row the Frenchman became embroiled in a row with another manager, Mourinho was quick to add his 10 pennies' worth: “I don't accept that Wenger is always Monsieur Polite, and the other one is always the bad guy. I don't accept, I'm sorry." 

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