In light of Jose Mourinho’s quip on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whom he said was a “specialist in failure,” we take a look back at managers insulting Wenger over the years.
1. Alex Ferguson
Jan 2005: Ferguson calls Wenger “a disgrace”, saying that for Wenger not to apologise for his player’s behaviour after United’s 2-0 win in Oct 2004 was “unthinkable for a manager”. He goes on to say that he expects nothing less from “that type of person.”
2. Martin O’Neill
“He’s made a few ridiculous statements in his time here and that’s probably as good as any.” -the then-Villa coach in 2010 responding to the assertion his side played long-ball football.
3. Roberto Mancini
“I’m not Arsene Wenger. We’re different. I want to win.” -February 2013.
4. Harry Redknapp
“…suddenly then you start losing a few games and it all changes. Now he’s joined the nutters. In fact, he is one of the key nutters!” -Sept 2010.
5. Kenny Dalglish
6. Jose Mourinho
“I think he is one of these people who is a voyeur. 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.” -October 2005
7. Pep Guardiola
“[Jack Wilshere] is lucky because we have many players like him in the second team with us but it is simple to play with Arsenal because they have time and have no pressure to win titles as quick as possible.” -March 2011
8. Sam Allardyce
“I don’t know him well enough to like him or dislike him but I think his own self-importance takes him into an area where he can become rude with what he does, in terms of ignoring you and ignoring what you do.” -April 2011