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Wenger says Mourinho is embarrassment to Chelsea

ESPN staff
February 16, 2014
Arsene Wenger rejected Jose Mourinho's crictisms as silly and disrespectful © PA Photos

Arsene Wenger has shrugged off Jose Mourinho's decision to label him a "specialist in failure" by suggesting the Chelsea manager's comments were "silly."

On Friday, Mourinho reacted to Wenger's claim that he had a "fear of failure" by suggesting the Arsenal manager's eight-year drought without winning a trophy at the club could be construed as a disappointment.

However, following the Gunners' 2-1 FA Cup fifth round victory over Liverpool on Sunday, Wenger was asked about Mourinho's criticism, to which he rebuffed.

"I do not want to go into that - those were silly, disrespectful remarks," Wenger told BT Sport. "I never spoke about him in my press conference. I know one thing, it is more embarrassing for Chelsea than it is for me."

Chelsea were comprehensively beaten 2-0 by Manchester City in their FA Cup clash on Saturday. Arsenal will now play Everton in the last eight.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson has described Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as "boring" and a "bully".

Wilson, who had worked as the Gunners' goalkeeping coach earlier in Wenger's reign, said it was lamentable that Mourinho's remarks should take attention away from the death of the "gent" Sir Tom Finney, who died on Friday aged 91.

Asked about his recent comments on Wenger, Wilson told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I think at best it was disrespectful, at worst despicable, to be so dismissive of a genuinely good guy and a footballing man, I think, whose presence in England in 17, 18 years has opened eyes and ears and created wonderfully entertaining sides.

"It's obviously not the first time Mourinho has singled Arsene out. He called him a voyeur, which is a disgusting claim, and thankfully on that occasion he - although belatedly - he did apologise.

"I think it's personal. He is a hugely talented, amazing manager, Mourinho, but a self-publicist and it's mainly inaccurate. I find - at this moment - I find him boring at the moment.

"To say West Ham play 19th-century football, to give [Manchester City boss] Manuel Pellegrini the abuse he has... this is a weekend when we honour a gent - Tom Finney, Sir Tom - and I don't like bullies."

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