Arsene Wenger described Jose Mourinho as a ‘kindergarten’ child after the Portuguese manager taunted the former Arsenal boss for not mentioning him in his book.
The two managers had a toxic Premier League rivalry between 2004 and 2018, but the former Arsenal manager did not mention Mourinho in his autobiography, ‘My Life in Red and White’, published this month.
Mourinho, who now manages Arsenal’s fierce rivals Tottenham, claimed this week that Wenger had not dared to mention him in his book as ‘he never beat me’, but the Frenchman hit back at those claims by calling the Spurs coach a child.
Arsene Wenger (left) called Jose Mourinho (right) a ‘kindergarten’ child in another public row
Mourinho said this week that Wenger did not write about him in his book because he had never beaten him
Wenger told Canal + on Sunday: “It doesn’t bother me. It is a permanent provocation. I feel like I’m in kindergarten with him. But that’s part of his personality.
“That’s wrong, we beat him twice. We won and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not “you” who wins, you only participate in the victory.
“It is ‘we’ who win. The manager is there to get the best out of a team.
Mourinho and Wenger have faced each other 19 times in total, with the former Arsenal man actually winning twice against the now Spurs boss, contrary to the Portuguese manager’s claims.
Wenger has actually beaten Mourinho twice in their rivalry – once at Chelsea both at Man United
Wenger had to wait 11 years to taste his first victory over Mourinho, as his Arsenal side beat Chelsea in the 2015 Community Shield at Wembley thanks to winner Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The former Arsenal manager’s only Premier League victory over Mourinho came in 2017 as goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck saw the Gunners beat Mourinho’s Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.
Mourinho was adamant that Wenger had never punched him, despite the overwhelming evidence against him.
Iconic Wenger posted his autobiography “My Life in Red and White” earlier this month
Mourinho told reporters ahead of Spurs’ 3-3 draw with West Ham: “You’re not going to make a chapter in 12 or 14 games and never win one. Why should he be talking about me in his book?
“A book is one thing to make you happy and to make you proud, so I fully understand the situation.
The rivalry between Wenger and Mourinho began in 2004 when Chelsea snatched the title from Arsenal in the Portuguese manager’s first season in England.
Wenger said on Friday Sir Alex Ferguson (left) was his main rival, not Mourinho (right)
However, despite the long-standing feud with Mourinho, Wenger admitted on The Graham Norton Show that Sir Alex Ferguson is his biggest rival in football.
Wenger and Mourinho have spoken to each other in the press over the years, but their only public feud came when the Frenchman pushed the then-Chelsea manager to the sideline in a Premier League game in 2014 .